Maya Griesemer, 7, received on 8.
Matt Mills McKnight | Reuters
Approximately 900,000 children, ages 5-11, have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer since US regulators approved vaccinations for the younger age group last week, the White House said on Wednesday.
Pfizer’s vaccine for children is given in smaller doses, one-third the dose for adolescents and adults. The vaccine vials come in a variety of packaging – vials with an orange cap and label as opposed to the purple vials for people aged 12 and over.
Children generally suffer less from severe cases of Covid than adults, but a small proportion of them do, federal agencies and health experts say. At least 2,316 children, ages 5-11, have suffered from childhood multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, a rare but serious complication associated with Covid, according to the data shared by the CDC at the meeting.
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