CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11, Biden endorses move as ‘a major step forward’

CDC director recommends Pfizer jab for children 5 to 11 at one-third the strength of normal vaccine

The Biden administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now aggressively pushing the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccination for millions of elementary-aged children across the United States.

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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on Tuesday for children between the ages of 5 and 11 to get the jab. Pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies, hospitals, schools, and clinics began distributing shots immediately afterward.

Walgreens is set to commence the vaccination of young children on Saturday, according to the AP. Other pharmacies are set to follow suit.

“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus that causes COVID-19,” Walensky proclaimed in a statement. “We know millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated and with this decision, we now have recommended that about 28 million children receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated.”

“We’ve done the incredible due diligence to take the time to get it right and we know parents have questions and we want to give parents the information that they need, communicate with them and have them ask the questions of their trusted messengers, hear their pediatricians, their pharmacists, and that is where we will be distributing the vaccine,” she stated.

The CDC unanimously voted to approve the vaccine for children.

President Biden also weighed in on the decision and said that it was a “major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus.”

“Today, we have reached a turning point in our battle against COVID-19: authorization of a safe, effective vaccine for children age 5 to 11,” the president crowed in a statement. “It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others.”

The FDA authorized emergency use of doses for children last week. They are approximately one-third the dose given to adolescents and adults. The vaccine has previously been approved for emergency use in children 12 to 15 years old. The FDA is confirming that the two-dose vaccine is approximately 91 percent effective in preventing symptomatic infection in young children.

The development means that as many as 28 million children will now be eligible to get the COVID vaccine as early as this week.

Pfizer is the first of the big three vaccine producers to get approval for children. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines are still being tested.

The Biden administration started packaging and shipping millions of pediatric vaccine doses over the weekend.

“We are not waiting on the operations and logistics,” White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients asserted on Tuesday, claiming that the administration is “in great shape on supply.”

“More doses will be packed and shipped and delivered,” he contended, according to Fox News. “More and more vaccines will come online as we ramp up.”

Pfizer expects to make 19,000 shipments of the vaccine over the next several days. That works out to about 11 million doses. Millions more will be available for ordering on a weekly basis.

Walensky claims that clinical trials show there are no serious side effects to the vaccine for young children. Many parents are not convinced of that and wonder, since the chances of children contracting the virus are low, why the vaccines are being pushed so hard.

Dr. Anthony Fauci claims that children get infected with the Delta variant and transmit it “just as readily as adults do.”

At least 94 children have died from COVID according to reports. In excess of 8,300 have been hospitalized and more than 5,000 have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to the virus. Black and Latino children, as well as those with chronic conditions, are allegedly disproportionately affected by the virus.

“There are children in the second grade who have never experienced a normal school year,” Walensky remarked. “Pediatric vaccination has the power to help us change all of that.

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