Nearly 1 in 10 younger U.S. children got a coronavirus shot in first two weeks of vaccine eligibility

November 19, 2021

Nearly 10 percent of children ages 5 to 11 have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose, just two weeks into the immunization campaign for the 28 million youngAmericans in that age group, Jeff Zients, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, said on Wednesday.

That represents a faster uptake thanwhen adults were initially offered coronavirus vaccine shots about a year ago, he added. “For perspective, it took about 50 days for us to reach 10 percent of adults with one shot,” he said.

There are at least eight times as many adults as there are kids in the 5-11 age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Zients, speaking to reporters alongside the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, said that since injections began this month for kids younger than 12, about 2.6 million of them had received their first shot.

Read more at The Washington Post.

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