Jill Biden promotes COVID-19 vaccine at Virginia school that has given polio shots: NPR – Community News
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Jill Biden promotes COVID-19 vaccine at Virginia school that has given polio shots: NPR

dr. Richard Mulvaney of Mclean, Virginia, injects the new polio vaccine into the arm of 6-year-old Randall Kerr, the first of about 100 children to be vaccinated on April 26, 1954.

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dr. Richard Mulvaney of Mclean, Virginia, injects the new polio vaccine into the arm of 6-year-old Randall Kerr, the first of about 100 children to be vaccinated on April 26, 1954.

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Franklin Sherman Elementary made history as the first school to administer the polio vaccine to its students in 1954 — a fact First Lady Jill Biden embraced Monday when she visited the school’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic to provide pediatric vaccinations for children ages 5-11. to encourage years old.

Biden accompanied U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy while visiting the learning center of McLean, Va. Their appearance followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation last week that young children receive a low dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Biden, himself an educator, attended the event as part of a nationwide effort to get the country’s eligible children vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Children are less susceptible to serious infection from the virus — which is already responsible for the deaths of more than 750,000 Americans — but are still at risk of hospitalization or even death from the disease. Children can also contract the virus and pass it on to more vulnerable populations.

Biden was introduced by a sixth-grader at the school named Everett, who embraced the importance of vaccines and vaccine incentives, which he said should include ice cream for anyone who gets the shot.

In her comments, Biden noted the many steps parents take every day to protect their children, such as cutting grapes in half to minimize the risk of choking.

“Parents, we are doing everything we can to protect our children,” she said.

“The President and I know how hard this pandemic has been for your children and your families. And I’m here today because we care about you and your beautiful children,” she said, encouraging parents to keep their children 5 and older. to vaccinate.

First lady Jill Biden makes comments with children just vaccinated at Franklin Sherman Elementary School on Monday in McLean, Virginia.

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In a press release announcing the first lady’s visit, the Fairfax County Public School praised the school’s history and the “Polio Pioneers” who pioneered the first healthy children in the country to receive the polio vaccine.

Now 67 years later, First Lady Jill Biden will visit Franklin Sherman ES on Monday, November 8, as a nod to history as part of a nationwide effort to encourage pediatric COVID-19 vaccination. Biden’s visit follows the deaths of more than 5 million people worldwide from the virus, including more than 750,000 Americans and more than 1,200 residents of Fairfax County,” the county said.

The statement said the school’s sixth-graders had learned about the role their elementary school had played in polio eradication.

“We read articles about the polio vaccine, the history of Franklin Sherman Elementary, and they were tasked with creating public service posters to encourage healthy activities during the pandemic,” the statement quoted Romona Wright, a sixth-grade teacher as saying. Franklin Sherman’s class. “A few students have said this is like polio, the pandemic we’re going through right now.”