MONDAY, Nov. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government's COVID-19 vaccination program for children ages 5-11 will be ready to roll on Nov. 8, the White House said Monday.
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved vaccines for the 28 million American children who fall into this age group, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still has to weigh in on Tuesday with its recommendations, the Washington Post reported.
"On Friday, within minutes of FDA's authorization, we began the process of moving 15 million doses from Pfizer's freezers and facilities to distribution centers,"Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, said Monday during a media briefing.
Several million doses will begin arriving at doctors' offices and pharmacies over the next few days for what he called a "critical milestone" in U.S. vaccination efforts, the Post reported.
"The bottom line is we've been planning and preparing for this moment," Zients said.
A CDC advisory committee will meet Tuesday to discuss vaccinating children ages 5-11 and suggest guidelines to the agency. The CDC will then release its fina recommendations, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said.
To date, about 80% of adults have received at least their first shot, and 70% are completely vaccinated. Nearly 2 million people have received their booster shots since becoming eligible.
"We know vaccines are the very best tool we have to accelerate our way out of the pandemic," Zients said.
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on COVID vaccines and kids.