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First Lady Jill Biden Will Launch Campaign To Encourage Covid Vaccinations For Children Ages 5-11

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at November 5, 2021

Topline

First Lady Jill Biden announced Friday she will lead a campaign to encourage Covid-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 following the Centers for Disease Control’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab for the age group Tuesday. 

Key Facts

Biden’s office announced a “nationwide effort” that will begin Monday, her office said in a statement on Friday, according to The Hill.

The First Lady will visit Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, the first school to administer the polio vaccine in 1954, which will be housing a pediatric Covid-19 vaccination clinic.

Big Number

28 million. That’s the number of children in the U.S. currently between the ages of 5 and 11, according to the CDC

Key Background

A U.K. study released yesterday found that children ages 5-12 could be driving infections in households. Prevalence of Covid-19 was more than four times higher in households with children (3.09%) compared to those without children (0.75%). The CDC found the Pfizer shot to be 91% effective in preventing Covid-19 in children aged 5 to 11 in trials.

Contra

Some polls convey hesitancy among parents to get their young children vaccinated against Covid-19. A Gallup poll from last month found 45% of parents with children younger than 12 say they would not vaccinate them. The poll found parents who identify as Democrats are far more willing to get their young children vaccinated (90%) than those who identify as Republicans (19%) or independents (48%).

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