Kids’ Turn Arrives for COVID-19 Shots

An illustration of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WASHINGTON – Schoolchildren take the spotlight this week as the U.S. enters a new phase in COVID-19 vaccination aimed at curbing deaths, hospitalizations, and more than a year of disrupted education.

With authorities promising enough vaccine to protect the nation’s 28 million kids ages 5-11, pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies, hospitals, and schools were poised to begin the shots after the final OK late Tuesday. Many locations planned mass vaccination events in coming days.

The vaccine–one-third the dose for teens and adults–requires two shots three weeks apart.

Children who get vaccinated before Thanksgiving will be fully covered by Christmas.

By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press

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