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less than three weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended As children ages 5 to 11 are vaccinated against COVID-19, about 10% of American children in the age group have received the first dose of the approved Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, the White House said in a Wednesday press conference.

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Jeff Ziants, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said Wednesday that an estimated 2.6 million Americans ages 5 to 11 have now been partially vaccinated, of whom 1.7 million got their first shot last week.

Zients also said the US will clear 80% partial vaccination levels for individuals 12 and older on Wednesday as more Americans face Increasingly prevalent vaccine mandates.

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