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10% of younger children were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first 2 weeks

WASHINGTON β€” The White House says about 10% of eligible children ages 5 to 11 have received a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine since its age group approval two weeks ago.

At least 2.6 million children have received an injection, White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday, with 1.7 million doses given in the past week alone, about double the rate of the first. week after approval. It is more than three times faster than the number of adults vaccinated 11 months ago at the start of the national vaccination campaign.

Zients said there are now 30,000 locations where children can receive an injection, up from 20,000 last week, and the administration expects the pace of pediatric injections to increase 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.

State breakdowns of doses given to age group have not been released by the White House or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but numbers shared by states show the rate varies. About 11-12% of children in that age group have received their first doses in Colorado, Utah, and Illinois, but the pace is much slower in places like Idaho (5%), Tennessee (5%) and Wyoming (4%), three states that have some of the lowest vaccination rates for older groups.

The White House stepped up its efforts to promote childhood vaccination, with first lady Jill Biden and singer Ciara shooting a video on Wednesday encouraging shots at children.

The first lady also visited a pediatric care facility in Washington, along with Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Alysha Clark of the Washington Mystics and Thomas Bryant of the Washington Wizards.

“You are the real heroes,” Biden told newly vaccinated children. “You’ve got your superpower and now you’re protected from COVID.”

Biden also warned parents about misinformation about the vaccines and emphasized their safety.

“I want you to remember and share with other parents: The vaccine protects your children from COVID-19,” she said. β€œIt has been thoroughly revised and thoroughly tested. It’s safe. It is free and available to every child in this country from the age of 5.”

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AP writer Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed.