White House says about 10% of 5- to 11-year-olds in U.S. already have first Covid shots

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  • According to the White House, about 2.6 million children between the ages of 5 and 11 will have had their vaccine by the end of today. This is about 10% of children.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized the distribution of shots for that age group only two weeks ago.
  • Many parents are lining up to get their children vaccinated as they hope for their children’s return to normal life.

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Two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized distribution of shots to children ages 5 to 11, more than 2 million children have already received their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine.

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Jeff Gents, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters during a briefing, “We estimate that by the end of the day today, 2.6 million children aged 5 to 11 will have received their first shot; 2.6 million — That’s about 10% of the kids.” Wednesday.

The vaccination campaign for children is an important step in the desired return to “normal” for families and parents, giving them a sense of mind to allow their children to participate in extracurricular activities and learn individually without fear of the virus. There is peace.

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The White House has ramped up its vaccination campaign for children after the CDC authorized the distribution of shots earlier this month. The CDC’s OK came just days after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency approval for the Pfizer vaccine for young children.

The Pfizer vaccine is given in small doses to children, one-third the dose for teens and adults, and is administered with small needles. The vaccine for children is also distributed in separate packaging to ensure that it is not mixed with the adult dose.

Pfizer said its small doses for children are more than 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infections, and the shots were well tolerated, with similar side effects experienced by those aged 16 to 25.

Although children are less likely to become seriously ill from COVID, they may develop mild to moderate symptoms. In addition, more than 2,000 children aged 5 to 11 years are suffering from an inflammatory syndrome known as MIS-C, a rare but serious side effect of COVID.

CDC Director Rochelle Valensky told reporters on Wednesday that public health officials are monitoring successful cases of Covid in the age group 5 to 11, but to collect data on them as children take their first and second doses. Need more time

However, Valensky said the CDC expects the shots to provide protection similar to that experienced by teens 12 and older, reducing the risk of hospitalization and death by more than tenfold.

According to Zints, as more and more children get their first shots, vaccination rates among the wider population are also increasing. Eighty percent of Americans age 12 and older have received at least one shot of the vaccine, and half of eligible seniors have received their booster shots.

However, the White House’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said 62 million Americans eligible for shots are illiterate.

Fauci said, “It’s not too late. Get vaccinated now. And more importantly, if you’ve already been vaccinated six months or more ago and are eligible for a boost, give a boost.” “Israelis have shown that when you promote, you reduce your chances of getting infected, getting sick or dying many times over.”

The FDA has granted emergency authorization for elderly and high-risk Americans to receive booster shots of Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines. People 18 years of age and older who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are also eligible for a booster.

According to the New York Times, the FDA may grant authorization to all adults to receive the Pfizer booster on Thursday.

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