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In the United States, children between the ages of five and 11 will soon be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the White House has announced.

Officials say the expected clearance from the Pfizer vaccine for younger children in a matter of weeks will allow them to receive the vaccine at their pediatrician’s office, at the local pharmacy and potentially even at their school.

Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks to assess the benefits of giving COVID jabs to people in this age group, after extensive studies to ensure the safety of vaccines.

Within hours of formal approval, expected after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consultative meeting scheduled for Nov. 2-3, doses will begin shipping to providers across the country.

Smaller needles needed for injecting young children will also be sent.

“We are completing operational planning to ensure that immunizations for children aged 5 to 11 are available, easy and convenient,” the White House said. COVID-19[female[feminine coordinator Jeff Zients Wednesday.

The Biden administration noted that the national campaign to expand vaccination to the school cohort would not look like the start of the vaccine rollout in the country 10 months ago, when dose shortages and capacity issues meant a wait. laborious for many Americans.

The country now has enough Pfizer vaccines to immunize the nearly 28 million children who will soon be eligible, White House officials have said, and work has continued for months to ensure widespread availability of vaccines once approved. .

More than 25,000 pediatricians and primary care providers have already signed up to administer COVID vaccines to children, the White House said, in addition to tens of thousands of retail pharmacies that already administer vaccines to adults.

Hundreds of school and community clinics will also be funded and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help speed up the vaccination process.

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The White House is also preparing to roll out an intensified campaign to educate parents and young people about the safety of shots and how easy it is to get them.

“COVID has also disrupted the lives of our children. It has made school more difficult, it has disrupted their ability to see friends and family, it has made sport for young people more difficult,” said the US surgeon general , Dr. Vivek Murthy, at NBC.

“By having our children vaccinated, we have the prospect of protecting them, but also of recovering all these activities that are so important to our children.”

Dr Murthy said the administration, which promotes employer vaccination mandates for adults, leaves the issue of school requirements to local and state officials, but described them as “reasonable.”

The administration says children who receive their first injection within a few weeks of scheduled approval in early November will be fully immunized by Christmas.

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