Ten Percent of Children Have Received Dose of Pfizer Vaccine

White House officials estimated that nearly 10 percent of the nation’s 5- to 11-year olds had received their first coronavirus vaccine dose since the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot for that age group. Credit…Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

According to a White House report, 10% of children aged 5 to 11 have received a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since its approval for their age group.

That 10% amounts to roughly 2.6 million children says White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients. Zients said there are now 30,000 locations for children to get a shot, up from 20,000 last week, and that the administration expects the pace of pediatric shots to pick up in the coming days.

Kids who get their first vaccine dose by the end of this week will be fully vaccinated by Christmas, assuming they get their second shot three weeks after the first one.

The White House was stepping up its efforts to promote kid vaccination, with first lady Jill Biden and the singer Ciara taping a video Wednesday encouraging shots for kids.

– Ella Breedlove