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White House plans COVID-19 shots for 28 million kids


Twelve-year-old Max Cuevas receives a COVID-19 vaccine in California. Associated Press/Photo by Jae C. Hong

White House plans COVID-19 shots for 28 million kids

The Biden administration hopes to prevent backlogs and delays like when the COVID-19 vaccine became available for adults in the spring. The Food and Drug Administration is meeting this week to deliberate on pediatric doses, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to address the topic on Nov. 2. The government has bought 65 million doses from Pfizer at one-third strength for young children. It is preparing shipments to send the vaccines and smaller needles across the country within days of getting the OK from the CDC. Any children who receive initial doses in early November could be fully vaccinated by Christmas.

Will children be required to get the vaccine? Some of the nation’s larger school districts in Los Angeles, Washington, and New York require students age 12 and up to be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they participate in extracurricular activities, and they might expand to younger children. Los Angeles school leaders are planning a districtwide mandate for students once the vaccine has full regulatory approval, which likely won’t happen until next year. Serious COVID-19 infection in children is rare.

Dig deeper: Read Lauren Dunn and Esther Eaton’s report on starting school amid the spread of the delta variant.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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Nanamiro

Again, why are we vaccinating children? Aren't there lots of high risk people around the world who could use a vaccine? I don't get the obsession in America with vaccinating low-risk people, while so many high risk people aren't getting them. And injecting my child with an investigational vaccine that has been around less that a year for a disease they have statistically no risk of dying from is not going to happen. These poor kids, being used as guinea pigs to protect adults. It's time for adults to protect kids.