Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said at a media briefing Thursday that the state has placed orders for the vaccines through Pfizer and Moderna, which are in the final stages of being approved for use in the U.S. He said that upon approval, the vaccines will be available through pediatricians, at hospitals and pharmacies, and from local health departments.
“Parents will have many options to access these shots,” Vanderhoff said.
Vanderhoff was joined at his media briefing by Dr. Michael Forbes of Akron Children’s Hospital and Dr. Grant Paulsen of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. You can watch the full briefing in the player above.
Children under 5 are the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus. If the FDA authorizes the shots, there’s one more review at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is expected this weekend.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.