Children ages 5-11 could receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine within the next two weeks. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
UPDATED 8:21 AM PT – Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The White House is preparing to acquire enough coronavirus vaccines for every child in the U.S. On Monday, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said they have ordered 28 million child doses for all American children aged five-to-11.
Zients said that while waiting for the CDC to give its final approval, they wanted to secure the doses in order to start distribution as soon as approval is granted. They are expecting the first shipments of the vials to get to pediatric hospitals and doctors’ offices over the next couple days.
“Over the next couple of days, several million doses will start arriving at local pediatricians and family doctors’ offices, pharmacies, children’s hospitals, community health centers, rural health clinics and other locations,” Zients confirmed. “More doses will be packed and shipped and delivered each and every day over the next week or so, and more and more sites will come online as we ramp up.”
The FDA approved emergency use of Pfizer vaccines for children on Friday. The White House is hoping to start vaccinating children by mid-week.