U.S. to start giving COVID-19 vaccines to young children

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A syringe is filled with a dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine astatine a pop-up assemblage vaccination halfway astatine the Gateway World Christian Center successful Valley Stream, New York, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Nov 3 (Reuters) - The United States is acceptable to statesman giving COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 arsenic soon arsenic Wednesday, with astir 28 cardinal school-age kids present eligible for the shots that supply extortion against the illness.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE changeable for wide usage successful that property radical aft a sheet of extracurricular advisers voted successful favour of it. work much

While astir 58% of Americans are afloat vaccinated against COVID-19, children nether 12 person not yet been eligible for shots. The Delta variant of the microorganism has led to thousands of children being hospitalized and they marque up 25% of U.S. cases.

The vaccine, shown to beryllium much than 90% effectual astatine preventing symptomatic corruption successful children, offers an avenue for less quarantines oregon schoolhouse closures and much freedoms.

"There has been a large woody of anticipation for parents surrounding the authorization of vaccines for our children," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said connected Monday.

"I profoundly recognize the urgency and interest implicit providing the champion extortion to our children against the virus."

The U.S. authorities volition commencement sending 15 cardinal COVID-19 vaccines for children this week to organisation centers astir the country, with the pediatric programme expected to beryllium moving afloat steam adjacent week, White House officials said. L1N2RS29P

Once the shots are delivered, alternatively than wide vaccination centers, the rollout volition trust connected pediatrician's offices, children's hospitals and pharmacies, the White House has said.

The national authorities has purchased 50 cardinal doses of Pfizer's vaccine for the rollout, and has capable proviso for each 28 cardinal eligible children, U.S. officials said this week.

Pfizer's changeable for younger children contains a little 10-microgram dose of vaccine than the 30 micrograms fixed to those aged 12 and older.

Following the CDC's decision, parents tin sojourn the vaccines.gov website to find locations offering the vaccine for the children, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years connected Friday. L4N2RP51E

So far, lone Pfizer's changeable has been authorized for usage successful the United States for those nether the property of 12. A fewer different countries including China are already vaccinating children.

Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said connected Sunday it would hold filing its petition for an exigency usage authorization for its vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 portion the FDA reviews information information successful transportation with its exertion for 12- to 17-year olds. work much

The states with the highest big vaccination rates against COVID-19 are besides preparing bigger pushes to get children inoculated than states wherever hesitancy remains strong, perchance widening the gaps successful extortion nationwide, nationalist wellness officials and experts said. L1N2RS0XD

Still, it remains unclear however parents volition react. Many radical who person been vaccinated themselves are much divided implicit whether oregon not to vaccinate their ain younger children fixed that terrible COVID-19 is overmuch little communal for them.

While the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been utilized successful much than 400 cardinal people, determination is nary semipermanent information yet for its usage successful adults oregon children.

California, New York and Washington state, each led by Democratic governors who person promoted vaccination and mask-wearing during the pandemic, are mounting up mobile sites and high-volume vaccination clinics for children, spokespeople for the nationalist wellness departments of those states said.

California has besides mandated that school-age children get a COVID-19 vaccine erstwhile their property radical is eligible, a measurement being considered successful New York and Washington.

Republican authorities governors person mostly resisted measures specified arsenic disguise mandates oregon vaccine requirements successful workplaces, schools and nationalist venues. More than a twelve states, including Florida and Texas, person tried to artifact schools from imposing specified requirements themselves.

"The best-case script would beryllium everyone... did their champion to get the property radical vaccinated due to the fact that it's going to support their younger siblings, their older relatives and radical who conscionable don't respond good to these vaccines," said Pamela Zeitlin, the seat of the section of pediatrics astatine National Jewish Health, a infirmary successful Colorado.

Reporting by Carl O'Donnell Editing by Caroline Humer and Bill Berkrot

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