President Joe Biden has pushed for increasingly broad COVID-19 vaccine recommendations and mandates throughout his first nine months in office.
Now that the Pfizer vaccine is set to be approved for use in younger children, the White House is making it clear that Biden will soon begin advocating for its use among children between 5 and 11.
“Families will be able to sleep easier at night knowing their kids are protected,” the president said during an event on Thursday, according to The Daily Wire.
“It will be convenient for parents”
Of course, the news has many parents concerned about the potential dangers of the vaccine on children under 12.
“Now I know parents out there are anxiously waiting for a vaccine for children ages 5 to 11,” Biden said. “The good news is the [Food and Drug Administration] and outside experts from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] are set to make this determination as to whether the vaccine will be authorized for that age range in the next few weeks.”
As for the supply, Biden explained that his administration has secured enough vaccine doses for all children potentially eligible.
“It will be convenient for parents to get their children vaccinated at trusted locations,” the president concluded.
“A number of adverse effects”
CDC data shows that 513 children 17 and under have died from COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. Among those between 5 and 14, that number is 165.
Meanwhile, an Indiana couple is claiming their young children developed complications after they were mistakenly given the COVID vaccine instead of a flu shot at Walgreens. An attorney is arguing that the children, ages 4 and 5, “have experienced a number of adverse effects” including “fever, body aches, cough, headaches, and nausea.”
While one child was reportedly on the mend, the attorney advised that the other has experienced worsening symptoms including elevated blood pressure.
At the proper dose, however, many experts insist that vaccinating young children is safe and represents an important step in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly obtained 65 pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which would cover the roughly 28 million kids who would qualify for inoculation.
With millions of adults still skeptical about the vaccine, however, it seems that an ongoing public debate on the issue is destined to continue.