Jill Biden and Surgeon General push for Covid injections in schools

First Lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, seeking to enlist schools to vaccinate 28 million young children against the cor...


First Lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, seeking to enlist schools to vaccinate 28 million young children against the coronavirus, will travel to Virginia on Monday to visit an elementary school that has made history in 1954 when his students were the first to receive the polio vaccine in a national clinical trial.

The trip to Franklin Sherman Elementary School in the Washington suburb of McLean, Virginia, will kick off what the Biden administration says is a national push to persuade parents and guardians to vaccinate elderly children ages 5 to 11 and involve schools in the effort.

that of the administration vaccination campaign for young children doesn’t look at all like it was when the vaccine was rolled out almost a year ago to adults. There are no mass vaccination sites. Paediatricians are recruited to help work with parents. The vials – and the needles for administering the doses – will be smaller.

Schools like Franklin Sherman Elementary, which hosts its own vaccination clinic, will be at the heart of the effort. By shining a light on the school, the White House hopes to offer the public a reminder of an earlier time when the country united to fight a terrifying disease. (Among those who contracted polio is Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, who walks with a slight limp.)

The school and its “polio pioneer” students are aware of their place in history; one of them, Jackie Lonergan, now 75, said The Washington Post that parents did not consider whether their children should receive the experimental vaccine developed by Jonas Salk. (In a rare maintenance in 1993, Dr Salk told a reporter that his vaccine offered “freedom from fear.”)

Public health experts view the vaccination of young children against the coronavirus as a critical step towards bringing the pandemic under control. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 at the end of October, and last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed suit endorsing the recommendation.

But persuading parents to have their children vaccinated has sometimes been difficult, even when the children are older. In the more rural and conservative regions of the country, school officials are walk lightly in promoting the vaccine.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released last month ahead of the FDA action found that 27% of parents said they “definitely would not” vaccinate their 5 to 11-year-old children against the coronavirus. Another 33% said they would “wait and see” how the vaccine worked before getting their children vaccinated.

White House officials said Dr Biden will continue to visit pediatric immunization clinics across the country over the coming weeks. On Monday morning, Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Miguel Cardona, the Secretary of Education, sent a letter to principals and elementary school principals across the country urging them to encourage the vaccination of children, in particular by organizing clinics.

“This is a very exciting development and an important opportunity to protect some of our youngest learners and our communities,” they wrote.

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