Biden To Parents With Kids 5 And Over: ‘Please Get Them Vaccinated’

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged individuals to get their children vaccinated, at some point after the Pfizer vaccine was accredited for youngsters ages 5 to 11.

“For parents all over this country, this is a day of relief and celebration,” the president said from the White House. “You can now protect [your children] from this horrible virus.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday accredited Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters aged 5 to 11. Previously, solely children over the age of 12 had been eligible for the vaccine.

Biden described the supply of vaccines to anybody over the age of 5 as a “giant step forward to further accelerate our path out of this pandemic.”

“Parents of children 5 and older, please get them vaccinated,” Biden urged, noting that kids make up about 25% of reported COVID-19 circumstances throughout the nation. “To protect themselves, to protect others and to stop the spread, to help us beat this pandemic.”

Around 28 million kids are newly eligible to get vaccinated, in line with Biden. His administration started delivery out hundreds of thousands of doses to pediatricians, pharmacies and kids’s hospitals final week, and he mentioned there must be sufficient provide by subsequent week that every one children can get vaccinated. Thousands of colleges are planning to host vaccination clinics as nicely.

Vaccines will enable kids to extra safely collect in faculties and at different actions. The pandemic has proven each mother and father and college students “how important” it’s for faculties to remain open, Biden mentioned.

In authorizing the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 5 to 11 final week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in stopping the virus in that age group. A research to evaluate the vaccine’s security adopted about 3,100 vaccinated children ages 5 to 11, and located that none had critical unwanted effects.

Just 58% of people in the U.S. are currently fully vaccinated. Cases and deaths have dropped considerably since a wave in September, however there are nonetheless over 73,000 reported circumstances per day throughout the nation, and greater than 1,200 persons are dying day by day from the virus.

“We have to keep going. The pandemic is not yet behind us. Please do your part,” Biden mentioned. “Folks who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet: Please get vaccinated.”