White House Details Plans For Vaccinating Kids Ages 5-11

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By Associated Press

and Newsy Staff
October 20, 2021

Federal regulators are expected to authorize the changeable for children aft they conscionable implicit the adjacent 2 weeks.

Children property 5 to 11 volition soon beryllium capable to get a COVID-19 changeable astatine their pediatrician's office, section pharmacy and perchance adjacent their school, the White House said Wednesday arsenic it elaborate plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer changeable for younger children successful a substance of weeks.

Federal regulators volition conscionable implicit the adjacent 2 weeks to measurement the benefits of giving shots to kids, aft lengthy studies meant to guarantee the information of the vaccines.

Within hours of ceremonial approval, expected aft the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory gathering scheduled for Nov. 2-3, doses volition statesman shipping to providers crossed the country, on with smaller needles indispensable for injecting young kids, and wrong days volition beryllium acceptable to spell into the arms of kids connected a wide scale.

The Biden medication notes the nationwide run to widen the extortion of vaccination to the school-going cohort volition not look similar the commencement of the country's vaccine rollout 10 months ago, erstwhile scarcity of doses and capableness issues meant a painstaking hold for galore Americans. The state present has ample supplies of the Pfizer changeable to vaccinate the astir 28 cardinal kids who volition soon beryllium eligible, White House officials said, and person been moving for months to guarantee wide availability of shots erstwhile approved.

More than 25,000 pediatricians and superior attraction providers person already signed connected to administer COVID-19 vaccine shots to kids, the White House said, successful summation to the tens of thousands of retail pharmacies that are already administering shots to adults. Hundreds of school- and community-based clinics volition besides beryllium funded and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assistance velocity putting shots into arms.

The White House is besides preparing to mobilize a stepped-up run to amended parents and kids astir the information of the shots and the easiness of getting them. As has been the lawsuit for big vaccinations, the medication believes trusted messengers — educators, doctors, and assemblage leaders — volition beryllium captious to encouraging vaccinations.

While children are astatine little hazard than older radical of having superior broadside effects from COVID-19, those superior consequences bash hap — and officials enactment that vaccination some dramatically reduces those chances and volition trim the dispersed of the much transmissible Delta variant successful communities, contributing to the nation's broader betterment from the pandemic.

"COVID has besides disrupted our kids' lives. It's made schoolhouse harder, it's disrupted their quality to spot friends and family, it's made younker sports much challenging," U.S. surgeon wide Dr. Vivek Murthy told NBC connected Wednesday. "Getting our kids vaccinated, we person the imaginable of protecting them, but besides getting each of those activities backmost that are truthful important to our children."

Murthy said the administration, which is promoting leader vaccine mandates for adults, is leaving the question of requirements for schools to section and authorities officials, but called them "reasonable."

"Those are decisions on, erstwhile it comes to schoolhouse requirements, that are made by localities and by states," helium told NBC's "Today." "You've seen already immoderate localities and states speech astir vaccine requirements for kids. And I deliberation it's a tenable happening to see to get those vaccination rates high. And it's besides accordant with what we've done for different puerility vaccines, similar measles, mumps, polio."

The medication notes that kids who get their archetypal changeable wrong a mates weeks of the expected support successful aboriginal November volition beryllium afloat vaccinated by Christmas.

The U.S. has purchased 65 cardinal doses of the Pfizer pediatric changeable — expected to beryllium one-third the dosage for adults and adolescents — according to officials. They volition vessel successful smaller packages of astir 100 doses each, truthful that much providers tin present them, and they tin beryllium stored for up to 10 weeks astatine modular refrigeration temperatures.

About 219 cardinal Americans aged 12 and up, oregon 66% of the full population, person received a COVID-19 shot, and astir 190 cardinal are afloat vaccinated.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.