10% of children were vaccinated in the first 2 weeks

10% of children were vaccinated in the first 2 weeks

Washington — The White House says about 10% of eligible children ages 5 to 11 have received a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since it was approved for their age group two weeks ago.

At least 2.6 million children received a dose, White House Coordinator Jeff Zents said Wednesday, with 1.7 million doses in the last week alone, nearly double the pace of the first week after approval. It is three times faster than the adult vaccination rate at the start of the country’s vaccination campaign 11 months ago.

There are now 30,000 sites for children to get an injection, Zentz said, up from 20,000 last week, and that the administration expects the frequency of children’s injections to increase in the coming days.

Children who get their first dose of the vaccine by the end of this week will be fully vaccinated by Christmas, assuming they get the second vaccine three weeks after the first.

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The White House has been ramping up its efforts to promote childhood vaccination, with First Lady Jill Biden hosting an event on Wednesday with singer Ciara.

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