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DENVER — Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will give an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts Wednesday afternoon.

Speakers will include State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, and COVID-19 Incident Commander Scott Bookman.

9NEWS will live stream the news conference scheduled for 10:40 a.m. in the video player above, on 9NEWS streaming devices, on the 9NEWS YouTube channel and on the 9NEWS app.  

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RELATED: What’s the timeline for young kids getting COVID shots after FDA panel vote?

The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer’s shots for 5- to 11-year-olds.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously, with one abstention, that the vaccine’s benefits in preventing COVID-19 in that age group outweigh any potential risks. That includes questions about a heart-related side effect that’s been very rare in teens and young adults despite their use of a much higher vaccine dose.

While children are far less likely than older people to get severe COVID-19, ultimately many panelists decided it’s important to give parents the choice to protect their youngsters — especially those at high risk of illness or who live in places where other precautions, like masks in schools, aren’t being used.

>Video above: FDA recommends Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for kids younger than 12.

As booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine gets approved for more groups of people, demand for the shot is climbing back up at pharmacies.

The expansion to groups eligible for booster shots and additional efforts to get people their first doses of the vaccine has increased demand from both locally-owned and retail chain pharmacies administering boosters. 

RELATED: Demand at pharmacies ramps up as COVID-19 vaccine booster shots approved

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