The White House released its plans on Wednesday for vaccinating 28 million children between ages five and 11 against COVID-19.
In the next few weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to decide whether or not to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine in younger kids in the next few weeks, meaning children could be fully vaccinated by Christmas.
If the jab is authorized, the Biden administration’s plan to immunize kids will look very different than the campaign to inoculate adults.
Child-size vials will be sent to providers across the country that can be kept in refrigerators along with smaller needles necessary for injecting young kids.
Children will be able to get the shot at their pediatrician’s office or local pharmacy, and potentially even their school rather than mass immunization sites.
And children’s hospitals will set up clinics on nights and weekends so mothers and fathers can vaccinate their kids after they get off of work.