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Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in doctors’ offices, pharmacies and even their school, the White House announced Wednesday, detailing plans for when Pfizer’s vaccine will be authorized for the youngest in question. weeks.
Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks to weigh the benefits of giving vaccines to children, after lengthy studies aimed at ensuring the safety of vaccines.
Advisers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on November 2-3 and are expected to give their approval. Once that has happened, the doses will begin shipping to providers across the country, along with smaller needles, and in a few days the vaccines will be available on a large scale.
An estimated 28 million children in this segment are eligible to be vaccinated, according to the White House.
“Today the Biden Administration announces a plan to ensure that, if a vaccine is licensed for children ages 5 to 11, it is quickly distributed and made available to families across the country in a convenient and equitable manner,” said the House. Blanca in a statement.
The government promised to rely on more than 25,000 pediatric clinics and primary care centers, as well as hospitals. White House officials said they are organizing “operational readiness calls” with local jurisdictions.
In addition, they reiterated the efficacy and safety of the vaccines deployed among adolescents between 12 and 17 years old. “Fully vaccinated individuals are 10 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and have a high degree of protection, even against the Delta variant. The consequences of a pediatric case of COVID-19 can be serious and potentially last for months ”, they emphasized.
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(With AP information)