One day after Pfizer was approved to protect children aged 5-11, Joe Biden called for people to get their children immunized.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tuesday approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccineChildren aged 5-11 years old. Children aged 5 to 11 years old are eligible.

Biden described the availability of vaccines to anyone 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 children make up about 25% of reported COVID-19 cases across the country. “To protect themselves, to protect others and to stop the spread, to help us beat this pandemic.”

Biden estimates that around 28 million kids are now eligible for vaccination. His administration began shipping out millions of doses to pediatricians, pharmacies and children’s hospitals last week, and he said there should be enough supply by next week that all kids can get vaccinated. Many schools have already begun hosting vaccination clinics.

Vaccines allow children to gather more securely in school and other activities. The pandemic has shown both parents and students “how important” it is for schools to stay open, Biden said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Pfizer’s emergency vaccine for children aged 5-11 last week. vaccine was found to be 90.7% effectiveIn preventing the spread of the virus among this age group. A study to assess the vaccine’s safety followed about 3,100 vaccinated kids ages 5 to 11, and found that none had serious side effects.

Only 58% of people in the U.S. are currently fully vaccinatedIt is a serious disease. While deaths and cases of the disease have decreased significantly since the September wave, more than 73,000 people still contract it each day. More than 1,200 are also dying from it every day.

“We have to keep going. “The pandemic has not ended.” Please do your part,” Biden said. “Folks who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet: Please get vaccinated.”


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