White House unveils COVID-19 vaccination plans for children ages 5 to 11
The White House revealed its plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“We know millions of parents have been waiting for COVID-19 vaccines for kids in this age group. And should the FDA and (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) authorize the vaccine, we will be ready to get shots in arms,” White House Covid-19 response director Jeff Zients said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
If the FDA authorizes the plan, the Biden administration will equip over 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of community and rural health centers, and thousands of pharmacies.
“Kids have different needs than adults and our operational planning is geared to meet those specific needs, including by offering vaccinations in settings that parents and kids are familiar with and trust,” Zients said.
As of Wednesday morning, 23.2% of the eligible population (about 66 million people) has not received the COVID-19 vaccination.