White House Announces Plan to Vaccinate Kids Ages 5-11

Headline Roundup October 20th, 2021

The Biden administration is preparing to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, White House officials announced Wednesday. Under the White House's plan, children in this age group would be offered a lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, administered with smaller needles. Vaccination sites would include pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies, children’s hospitals, school clinics, community health centers and rural health clinics. The White House said it had procured enough vaccines to vaccinate all 28 million American children in the age group. White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters that 15 million doses would be ready for distribution within a week of the CDC and FDA’s authorization decisions, which are expected in early November. 

Coverage was widespread across the spectrum but more prominently featured in center- and left-rated outlets on Wednesday. Some right-rated outlets only covered this story from an angle, such as “White House defends child COVID-19 vaccination plan” and “School Mask Guidelines to Remain after Juvenile Vaccine Approval.” Some left-rated outlets framed the rollout as “complex.

From the Right

Children ages 5 to 11 will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine at their doctor’s office, pharmacy and potentially even their school as soon as it is authorized by US drug regulators, the White House said Wednesday.

The Biden administration said it had obtained enough Pfizer shots to inoculate all 28 million children in that age range – as they outlined their plans to roll out the vaccine pending authorization.

Under the plan, the Pfizer vaccine would be distributed to children in smaller doses and with smaller needles, officials said.

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From the Center

The White House said on Wednesday that it is ready to quickly roll out COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11, if the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for that age group is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The administration has bought enough doses for all 28 million children in that age group, and will provide it in smaller packages with essential supplies like smaller needles to make it easier to get to physicians, pediatricians and community health centers, Biden...

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From the Left

The White House on Wednesday unveiled its plans to roll out Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, pending US Food and Drug Administration authorization.

The Biden administration has secured enough vaccine supply to vaccinate the 28 million children ages 5 to 11 who would become eligible for vaccination if the vaccine is authorized for that age group and will help equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of community health centers and rural health clinics as well as tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shots,...

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