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The White House announced on Monday that 70% of American adults are already fully vaccinated and informed that children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be able to receive the COVID vaccine starting on November 8.
“We have hit two important milestones: 80 percent of adults now have at least the first dose, and 70 percent of adults, of seniors, are fully vaccinated,” the White House said.
Vaccination in the country slowed down in the summer but has picked up again in recent weeks.
On the other hand, the White House pointed out that the United States has already secured sufficient doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the 28 million children between 5 and 11 years of age in the country, and noted that the White House expects that “from the week of November 8 the vaccination of children will be fully operational”.
On this occasion, the vaccines for children, which are composed of one-third of the adult serum and also include two separate injections, will not be administered in mass vaccination centers, but will be done in pediatric clinics and pharmacies.
The announcement of the plan comes just days after the green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and before the final meeting scheduled for this week of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children in this population group.