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Do you want your children between ages 5 and 11 to receive the Covid-19 vaccine injection?
The White House has rolled out a plan to do exactly that.
CNBC reports the White House wants to “quickly immunize kids” against Covid.
The Biden administration said it’s procured enough of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid vaccine to inoculate all 28 million kids in the U.S. between ages 5 and 11.
To make it easy for pediatricians and pharmacists to administer to kids, the shots will be distributed in smaller dosing and with smaller needles.
White House officials claims 15 million doses will be ready to ship within a week after the vaccine is authorized.
Millions of additional doses will continue to come each week thereafter.
The Biden administration is waiting for the vaccine to be authorized by U.S. drug regulators.
This authorization is expected within a few weeks by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The FDA and CDC’s vaccine advisory committees are holding key meetings to review Pfizer’s data on kids.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters, “We know millions of parents who’ve been waiting for a Covid-19 vaccine for kids in this age group and should the FDA and CDC authorized the vaccine, we will be ready to get shots in arms.”
White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told reporters, “In the era of delta, children get infected as readily as adults do, and they transmit the infection as readily as the adults do.”
“We may not appreciate that, because about 50% of the infections in children are asymptomatic,” Fauci added.
More from CNBC:
Many parents say they are anxious to get their children vaccinated with the new school year kicking off while the delta variant is still spreading across America. Over the past week, there were about 131,000 new child Covid cases, with more than 1.1 million kids cases added over the past six weeks, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
More than 25,000 pediatricians’ offices and tens of thousands of pharmacies nationwide will provide vaccines for the rollout to younger age groups. The administration is also working with the Children’s Hospital Association to create vaccination sites at more than 100 pediatric hospital systems by November.
The White House started laying the groundwork with states earlier this month, asking governors to enroll pediatricians and other providers in vaccination programs so they could start administering shots as soon as they were ready.