White House Plans to Vaccinate 28M Kids Age 5-11

In Summary

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 will soon be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the doctor’s office, pharmacies and at schools.

The White House announced on Wednesday that kids aged between 5 and 11 years old would soon be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and their schools, the Associated Press reported.   

Federal regulators plan to meet in the next few weeks to weigh the benefits of giving the Pfizer shot to around 28 million children.  

“We’re completing the operational planning to ensure vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 are available, easy and convenient,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said.  

RELATED: Pfizer Asks Government to Approve COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 5 to 11  

Once approved, following a November advisory meeting by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doses will ship to providers, according to AP.   

Over 25,000 pediatricians and primary care providers have signed up to administer the vaccine to kids, according to the White House. The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to fund schools and clinics, which will help provide the vaccine.   

“COVID has also disrupted our kids’ lives. It’s made school harder, it’s disrupted their ability to see friends and family, it’s made youth sports more challenging,” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told NBC. “Getting our kids vaccinated, we have the prospect of protecting them, but also getting all of those activities back that are so important to our children.” 

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