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White House reveals the plan to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11

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Diana Serlo administers a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in North Huntingdon, Pa.

Diana Serlo, a retired registered nurse from Excela, administers a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Excela Norwin Square in North Huntingdon, Pa. The White House has released its plan for rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 years old, pending emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

Shane Dunlap, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via Associated Press

The White House has released its plan for rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 years old, pending emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

  • “Today the Biden Administration is announcing a plan to ensure that, if a vaccine is authorized for children ages 5-11, it is quickly distributed and made conveniently and equitably available to families across the country,” the White House said in a news release.

Per CNN, the Biden administration has enough vaccine to vaccinate about 28 million children 5-11 years old.

  • The White House said it hopes to make sure that the vaccine “is quickly distributed and made conveniently and equitably available to families across the country.”

How to get children ages 5-11 the COVID-19 vaccine

Per the White House, the plan starts with putting the vaccine in sites that will be “conveniently located to families across the country, including vaccination clinics at doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, and school- and community-based sites.”

  • Pediatric and primary care provides will provide vaccination for children, too. This means you can visit your pediatrician's office or another primary care site to get the shot.
  • The shot will be available at pharmacies, children’s hospitals and community health centers, as well.

When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available for children?

The FDA’s independent advisory committee will likely meet on Oct. 26 to consider authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old, per Axios.