Kids 5 to 11 Eligible for COVID Vaccine

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Dr. Rhonda Achonolu comforts her son Kenechi, 9, as he is inoculated with first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 12 years at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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28 million children are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID vaccine. President Biden touted the advancement towards ending the pandemic, and urged skeptical parents to discuss vaccines with family and friends.

In a separate teleconference, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky insisted the vaccine is safe and effective for children.

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