Administration ‘not too worried’ about the slow pace kid covid vaccine orders


Biden administration insists it is ‘not too worried’ about the slow pace of vaccines for children under five and plans to make shots available in clinics at schools, museums, libraries, diaper banks and pharmacies

  • Biden administration not ‘too worried’ about slow pace of orders for covid vaccines for kids under the age of five 
  • Administration announced its rollout plan for kids’ vaccines
  • FDA and CDC meeting next week on issue, expected to approve
  • Kids’ dosages have been available for pre-order
  • But only 58% of the available 2.5 million Pfizer vaccines have been ordered and just 34% of the Moderna vaccine
  • ‘We’re not too worried or focused on that,’ administration official said

The Biden administration insists it’s not ‘too worried’ about the slow number of pre-orders for covid vaccines for children under the age of five, saying they expect the pace to pick up after it’s officially authorized for use.

The administration on Thursday announced its highly-anticipated vaccine rollout plans ahead of the anticipated authorization for kids five and under to receive their shots.

Next week, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consider whether to authorize and recommend the first COVID-19 vaccines for kids under the age of 5. Both agencies are expected to approve it.

But the pre-orders for the dosage for those kids have been slow.

Jurisdictions across the country have been able to pre-order since last week with 5 million doses available.

Thus far, 58% of the available 2.5 million Pfizer vaccines have been ordered and just 34% of the Moderna vaccines, officials said. 

President Joe Biden's administration not 'too worried' about slow pace of orders for covid vaccines for kids under the age of five

President Joe Biden’s administration not ‘too worried’ about slow pace of orders for covid vaccines for kids under the age of five

‘Our experience has been that people are slow to order, and this has been true across each of the times we’ve opened up ordering, so I wouldn’t focus on those early numbers,’ a senior administration official said on a briefing call Wednesday. ‘Our experience is that the longer the ordering stays open, the more likely the states come forward, so some of this is a matter of letting them know the ordering is available, and that they can begin that process.’ 

‘We’re not too worried or focused on that. We’ll continue to do the outreach,’ the official said.

In April, a Kaiser Family Foundation pool found that only 18 per cent of parents with kids under 5 said they would get them vaccinated right away, while 38 per cent said they would wait.

The administration says it is ready to ship doses to the states as soon as approval comes from the health agencies. 

Vaccinations will be available at pediatricians’ and other doctors’ offices, diaber banks, libraries, children’s museums, community health centers, rural health clinics, children’s hospitals, public health clinics, local pharmacies, and other community-based organizations, according to a White House fact sheet.

The administration says 85 per cent of children under the age of five live within five miles of a potential vaccination site.

The first vaccines could start as early as June 21, the administration has said. 

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