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Oregon officials plan for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine to children 5-11

Syringes of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

State officials are gearing up for the next round of Covid-19 vaccinations, this time for younger children.

About 330,000 children aged 5 to 11 in Oregon will be eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is currently under review by federal authorities. 

On Tuesday, a federal Food and Drug Administration committee recommended the vaccine. The FDA is expected to approve it for emergency use in the next few days. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also needs to agree, and the drug has to pass muster with the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup for it to be used in Oregon.

Oregon officials, however, are not waiting for . . .