Feds tout COVID-19 pediatric vaccines as way back to normal
Today during a White House press briefing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said now that she has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, American schoolchildren have the chance to experience school “as we once one knew it, and as it should be.”
Walensky and Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, both called today a monumental day in the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and assured American parents that the use of vaccines in kids ages 5 to 11 would be safe, free, and convenient.
“We have been planning for this, and we are fully prepared,” said Zients, who said the pediatric campaign will begin officially on Nov 8, but said some clinics and pharmacies have already begun to offer inoculations to kids.
“I want to speak directly to parents,” Walensky said. “Please know we have conducted a thorough review of the safety data before recommending this vaccine for your child.”