(PatrioticPost.com)- The president is sending his wife on a mission to spread the good word about vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11.
This week, First Lady Jill Biden will begin encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration gave Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use authorization for that age group.
Jill Biden will go to McLean, Virginia, this week to visit a vaccine clinic dedicated to pediatric patients at Franklin Sherman Elementary School. McLean is a main suburb of Washington, D.C.
The elementary school is actually the first that administered the vaccine for polio more than 50 years ago, according to a White House announcement sent late last week.
This type of outreach effort is par for the course for the Biden administration, which has been conducting similar campaigns that are meant to encourage people to get vaccines to protect against COVID-19. In doing so, they are trying to answer any questions from people who are unsure about getting the vaccine, or having their children get the shots.
The First Lady has played a prominent role in that effort, especially because she is a teacher. She has already traveled around America encouraging people to get vaccinated, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci. In May, the pair appeared at a vaccine clinic for children aged 15 and older.
Last Tuesday, the CDC gave the final approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be used on children between the ages of 5 to 11. Following that announcement, President Joe Biden said it was a “giant step forward” in the country’s fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The president has urged all parents to get their children vaccinated if they are now eligible to do so.
In anticipation of the Pfizer vaccine receiving emergency use authorization for children between 5 and 11 years old, the Biden administration began planning a rollout of the vaccine in October. According to the White House, the United States already has enough of the vaccine to cover all children in the U.S. who are between the ages of 5 and 11. That’s nearly 28 million kids.
On Wednesday, Biden said that the vaccine distribution program for that age group would be “fully up and running” sometime next week. The distribution and administration of the vaccine for that age group will be slightly different than it has been for the general public.
Many pediatrician’s offices will help in the effort to get the younger children vaccinated, as opposed to mass vaccination sites or local pharmacies, as was the case for the adult population.
Another difference for the vaccine in this age group was the dosage amount. It’s only one-third of the total dosage amount as that of the one that’s been given to adults, though what’s being injected into kids’ arms is the same as it is for adults.