Pre-orders for vaccinations for children under the age of five have been sluggish, but top Biden administration officials say they are not concerned and anticipate the pace to accelerate up once federal clearances are received later this month.

The government anticipates vaccinations of young children to begin as early as June 21 if the vaccines are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention next week, according to White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jhas on Thursday.

“We think that vaccinations would really start in earnest on Tuesday, June 21, and importantly, the vaccination program is going to ramp up in the days and weeks that follow,” he added.

Jha informed reporters at a press conference that the immunizations will be provided to physicians, children’s hospitals, local pharmacies, and local health clinics.

To accelerate putting needles in arms, the government has enabled states and others to pre-order from an initial batch of 5 million Moderna (MRNA.O) and Pfizer (PFE.N) vaccinations, 2.5 million apiece.

So far, 58 percent of the available 2.5 million Pfizer vaccinations have been ordered, but just 34 percent of the Moderna vaccines have been ordered.

In most regions of the globe, no COVID-19 vaccine has yet been authorized for children aged five and younger. It is uncertain how many parents will have their children vaccinated since demand for children aged five to eleven has been low.

Previous campaigns have taught the government that individuals who are debating whether to take a vaccine or have their kid vaccinated would be swayed by those they trust, such as physicians and community leaders.

“We will be working closely with community partners, as we have done in the past, to make sure that community members are hearing from local leaders and organizations that they know and trust,” said US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy during the briefing.

Source: Reuters

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