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NEWS & ANALYSIS

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5 to 11 Will Be Available at Schools, Pediatricians Once Authorized


The Biden administration plans to make COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 available at more than 25,000 pediatric offices, primary care facilities, pharmacies and schools once it is authorized. 

Pfizer submitted data to the FDA this month requesting emergency authorization of the vaccine, while the Biden administration said it has enough doses to vaccinate children and will begin shipping them if and when it is approved.  

White House officials said focusing on pediatricians and primary care facilities will help boost confidence among parents, the Wall Street Journal reports

“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,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday. 

The FDA is expected to review the data October 26. The Biden administration has been working with state and local leaders on distribution plans for if and when the vaccine is approved. The administration is also planning a national public education campaign with schools, state and local health departments, faith leaders and community organizers to boost confidence.