President Biden on Tuesday marked what White House officials have termed as the unofficial start of the U.S. immunization campaign for children under the age of 5, visiting a site in Washington, DC, to meet with families and children while some shots were fired.
“Finally some peace of mind,” Mr Biden said after the White House event, calling it a “monumental step forward” in the country’s pandemic response. You can view his comments here.
Federal health officials, eager to show the progress the United States has made in warding off fatal cases of the coronavirus, have spent weeks preparing parents and doctors to immunize the youngest children, a population of about 20 million who Waited 18 months after adults first became eligible for the shots.
The Biden administration has already made at least 10 million doses available to states and healthcare providers and expects to rely heavily on pediatricians and primary care physicians to administer them, as is typical in pediatric vaccination campaigns. Pharmacies and health centers will also vaccinate the youngest children.
But last week a deadline passed, only 2.5 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech had been ordered, about half of what the federal government had offered, as well as about 1.3 million doses of Moderna, about a quarter of what the federal government had offered. was offered.