BILLIONhe Biden Administration said on Thursday that children under the age of 5 could get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as early as June 21, if federal regulators allow vaccinations for age groups, like expected.
White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha outlined the administration’s plan to make the last remaining age group ineligible for vaccinations. He said the Food and Drug Administration’s external advisory board will meet June 14-15 to review Snapshot of Pfizer and Moderna for younger kids. Shipments to doctors’ offices and pediatric care facilities will begin shortly FDA permissionwith the first shots possibly next week.
Jha said states could start ordering vaccines for children on Friday, and said the administration has an initial supply of 10 million doses available. He said it could take a few days for the vaccine to become available nationally and that vaccination appointments would be widely available.
“Our expectation is that within a few weeks, every parent who wants their child vaccinated can make an appointment,” says Jha.
The timeline will provide an opportunity for parents to get their children fully vaccinated in time at the beginning of the next school year.
The Biden administration is urging states to prioritize large sites like children’s hospitals and to schedule appointments outside of normal business hours to make it easier for parents to get their kids vaccinated.
In the White House’s view, removing the last critical cohort that is not yet eligible for a vaccine would go a long way in building confidence for some Americans, who were wary of turning back. with many of them. pre-pandemic activitieshelp the country rise from pandemic.
Jha acknowledges the “frustration” of parents with young children who have been waiting more than a year to get their kids vaccinated.
“At the end of the day, we all want to go fast, but we have to get it right,” he said.
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