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1. Admissions for children under the age of 5 are possible until June 21st

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration said Thursday that children under the age of 5 may be able to get their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine as early as June 21 if federal agencies approve vaccinations for the age group, as expected.

White House COVID-19 Coordinator Ashish Jha outlined the government’s plan for the last remaining ineligible age group to receive shots. He said the Food and Drug Administration’s external advisory panel will meet June 14-15 to evaluate Pfizer and Moderna’s syringes for younger children. Shipping to physician offices and pediatric facilities would begin soon after FDA approval, with the first shots possible the following week.

Jha said states could begin ordering pediatric vaccines on Friday and said the administration has an initial supply of 10 million doses available. He said it could take a few days for vaccines to arrive across the country and vaccination dates were widespread.

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“We expect that any parent who wants their child to be vaccinated can get an appointment within a few weeks,” Jha said.

The schedule would give parents the opportunity to have their children fully vaccinated in time for the start of the next school year.

The Biden administration is urging states to prioritize high-volume locations like children’s hospitals and make appointments outside of regular hours available to make it easier for parents to get their children vaccinated.

According to the White House, eliminating the last significant cohort not yet vaccine-eligible will go a long way in building confidence among some Americans who have been cautious about returning to many of their pre-pandemic activities and will help the country getting out of the crisis pandemic.

Jha acknowledged the “frustration” faced by parents of young children who have been waiting for their children’s shots for more than a year.

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“At the end of the day, we all want to move forward quickly, but we have to do it right,” he said.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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