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Nearly 1 Million kids ages 5 to 11 Expected to Receive First Covid Vaccine

Approximately 900,000 children ages 5 through 11 are expected to have received a first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine by the end of Wednesday, a White House official said. An announcement is expected to come later today.

The officials added that about 700,000 appointments have been made at pharmacies for upcoming days. The new figures come just one week after the Covid-19 vaccine became available for this age group. The White House has worked with pediatricians, pharmacies, children’s hospitals, community health centers, schools and other organizations to launch the vaccination program for kids ages 5 to 11.

Health officials are expected to tout efforts like those in Minnesota, which opened more than 1,100 locations for kids vaccine, including a state-run site at the Mall of America, where more than 1,500 kids can be vaccinated a day. Then  at 114 children’s hospitals that are now offering Covid 19 vaccinations; at mobile clinics in several states; and in New York City, which has more than 1,000 clinics planned at schools in every borough.

Nearly 20,000 vaccination sites are already operational for children 5 to 11 years old. US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona also sent a letter on Monday to school superintendents and elementary school principals.

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