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D.C. Announces Plans to Vaccinate Kids Ages 5 to 11 for COVID

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration has announced its plans for vaccinating children against COVID-19.

Once the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved and distributed, families will be able to be vaccinated at more than 60 pharmacies, hospitals and health centers in D.C., the mayor’s office said. Information about where the vaccine is available will be on vaccines.gov.

The Food and Drug Administration recently authorized the two-dose Pfizer vaccine to be given to children ages 5 to 11, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expected to meet and make recommendations on Tuesday. The final step in authorization will be approval from the CDC director.

Once approved, the vaccine will be shipped out, DC is expected to initially receive 24,600 doses that will be distributed to pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers across the city.

Families will also be able to go to city-operated pop-up sites set up specifically for 5-to-11-year-olds. More details about the second dose will be provided after the first dose is administered.

More information about hours of operation for the pop-up sites will be available in the coming days, the mayor’s office said.

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