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including buckeye broadband. buckeye broadband supports c-span as a public service, along with these other television providers, giving you a front row seat to democracy. now an update from the white house covid-19 response team on plans to get children vaccinated from ages five to 11. this briefing is just under half an hour. >> good afternoon, and thanks for joining us. today we will focus on yesterday's exciting development, the cdc's recommendation of the vaccine for kids ages five through 11, following fda authorization last week. vaccines for kids ages five
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through 11 is a landmark moment in our vaccination campaign. the first mother to get her child vaccinated captured it well, with a sigh of relief. 28 million young kids are now eligible for vaccination. we've been planning for this moment, and we are prepared. beginning the week of november 8, our program will be fully up and running to set up 20,000 sites across the country offering vaccinations for kids ages five through 11. let me turn to doctors walensky and algae, to discuss the cdc's decision and the effectiveness of the vaccine for kids. then i will share how we are ramping up execution of our kids vaccination program, and dr. murthy will discuss our efforts to build vexing confidence in parents. dr. walensky.
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dr. walensky: as you just heard from jeff, today is truly a monumental day, and one that many of us have been eager to see. nearly 12 months have passed the initial recommendation of covid vaccinations for those 15 and older. since that day, many of us have been asking when will we be able to expand this protection to our younger children? yesterday, the sisi advisory -- cdc advisory committee to review the latest data from pfizer on the safety and efficacy of the covid vaccine in children. they also discussed in detail the clinical needs in the center children. throughout the day, i listened intently to the committees open, transparent, and robust discussion. following their unanimous vote, i endorsed their strong recommendation that children five to 11 years old should be
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vaccinated with the pfizer pediatric covid-19 vexing. with this vote, we are now expanding actsing recommendations to more than 28 million children in the united states. distribution of pediatric vaccines across the country [indiscernible] with plans to scale up to full capacity starting the week of november 8. i want to speak directly to parents about this recommendation. we have done our due diligence. please know we have thoroughly reviewed all of the available safety, immuno and other data before recommending this vaccine. it was found to be nearly 91 perspective -- percent effective in preventing infection in children ages five to 11. in clinical trials, side effects were mild and similar to those
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seen in adults. the safety of our children is important to me, and i believe these vaccines will help us better protect our children from covid-19. throughout this pandemic, we have learned a tremendous amount about what covid-19 affects our children. with nearly 2 million cases at the start of this pandemic. these cases have ranged from mild to severe, with some cases resulting in hospitalizations, deaths, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, and other long-term conditions. the spread of delta resulted in the third of covid cases in children throughout the summer. during a six-week period in late june from mid august covid that -- hospitalizations among
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children increased. the risk of severe covid remains too high and devastating, and vaccinations, along with other important prevention measures can protect our children. while children are at lower risk of coming severely ill with covid 19 compared to adults, we know that beyond the climate -- clinical impact, there have been detrimental social and mental health consequences. for almost two years, schools and many milestone celebrations have been fundamentally changed. some children have never experienced a normal school year. there are students in middle school that have missed out in extracurricular activities, proms, homecomings, and too many missed graduations. we have watched as the education gap has widened, and this virus has disproportionately affected minority communities. we have seen the negative impact
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on the mental health of our youth. we are reminded of the importance of providing children with an environment where they can succeed. pediatric vaccination has the power to help us achieve safe and inclusive environments for our children. getting your child vaccinated can protect them against covid-19, as well as reduce disruptions in in person learning activities, help us get back school as we once knew it, a safe and enriching environment for all of our children. beyond protection, pediatric vaccination can help us protect our families and communities. helping prevent children from bringing the virus home to family members who may be more vulnerable, and helping reduce community transmission levels. while we celebrate this important milestone today, i want to recognize the over 700 children we have tragically lost.
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i want is to remember that pediatric vaccination is just one important piece to this complex puzzle. we continue to work to address the outstanding need to vaccinate as many adults as possible, and to provide protection in our communities, including to those who are not yet eligible for vaccination. we know that vaccination helps reduce transmission and protects those who are most vulnerable. this new recommendation, i know parents have questions. as a parent myself, i understand the need to have as much information to ensure our decisions are the best. i encourage parents with best to talk to their pediatricians, their school nurse, and their local pharmacist or other trusted sources to learn more about this vaccine, and to get answers to your questions. get the information you need to
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make the best decision for your child. let's take a moment to commemorate today this moment that we can bring protection to our children. thank you, and i will turn it over to dr. fauci. dr. fauci: thank you, dr. walensky. dr. walensky has articulated fairly clearly the importance of getting children vaccinated. i would like to show you the data. next slide please. let's take a look at the cumulative burden of all children less than 18 years old. over 5 million cases, 65,000 hospitalizations, and as a total group, over 5000 with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, with total deaths now approaching 800 individuals. let's take a look at the group under discussion today. five to 11-year-olds, 1.9
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million cases reported. one third of hospitalizations resulted in a requirement for icu admission. more than 2000 multisystem inflammatory syndrome sufferers, and at least 94 covid associated deaths. . let's -- slide. let's take a look at underlying conditions. it is dominated by chronic lung disease, obesity and neurological disorders. but there are a number of other disorders, many of which we see in children, particularly of a certain age that make it likely that an individual who becomes hospitalized will have one of these conditions. next slide. more about the covid conventions -- conditions, i have already mentioned the multi-inflammatory syndrome, but there are ongoing
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residual symptoms also referred to as long covid. maybe to a lesser extent, four to 6%, but long covid does occur in children. next slide. let's take a look at the incident rate. children and adults are equally vulnerable to coronavirus. some considered that this was not the case, that may be because children are less likely to become sick. 50% of children under 11 are without symptoms, but we should not underestimate the incidence in children. transmission. secondary transmission does occur both in the household and school setting. vaccination we hope will decrease transmission. next slide. what about the efficacy in
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individuals 12 to 15 years old, this study showed that vaccine efficacy in adolescents is approaching 100%. next slide. in the recent study dr. walensky mentioned, children under the age group mentioned of five to 11 years old, about 91% efficacy during a period of time when delta was the prevalent strain. in the next slide -- it's not there. ok, i have shown you disease burden, incidents, transmission, and the efficacy of the vaccine. every reason in the world to get our children vaccinated. back to you. zients: thank you, doctors. following the fda's authorization last friday, teams began packing vaccine specifically unrelated for kids
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aged five to 11 into specialized containers, and they have been working 24/7 to ship millions of doses to vaccination sites across the country. over the next one in four hours alone, there will be millions more doses in the air and on trucks heading to cities and towns across the country. from bar harbor, maine, to anchorage, alaska, to puerto rico. packing vaccinations will continue next week, with roses arriving in every state, tribe, and territory. this is an exciting and long-awaited moment for parents and for our vaccination program. i want to explain what parents can expect as we ramp up to full strength. pediatricians, family doctors, pharmacies, community health centers, and children's hospitals are receiving doses.
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some pediatricians and family doctors are already beginning to schedule appointments. many pharmacies, including cvs and walgreens, will open scheduling systems today. so parents can schedule appointment for their kids over the coming days and weeks. as more and more doses get delivered, or more of these trusted providers will start scheduling and offering vaccinations. children's hospitals, local health apartments and educational leaders are starting efforts to vaccinate kids in their community's. in houston, a children's hospital has scheduled 28,000 appointments. the first town hall to educate the community. and is planning away for charges and schools to offer -- churches and schools to offer vaccinations. in milwaukee, there will be regional sites every saturday throughout november and december.
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offering both covid-19 and flu vaccines to kids and their families. in colorado, children's hospital and other partners will host the first of many clinics this friday. 4000 employment -- appointments have already been scheduled over the weekend. massachusetts is planning to host vaccination clinics at youth focused sites, such as the dr. seuss museum, and the museum of science. illinois has equipped mobile units to meet kids and parents in their communities, with over 100 clinics scheduled and hundreds more to come. maine is working with local leaders to bring vaccination to schools across the state. state and local health department's are planning to launch thousands of community-based clinics. including at youth sporting events, fairs, zoos, and community centers. across the country, schools will partner with vaccine providers
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to host vaccination clinics, with more than 6000 clinics at schools being planned before the winter holiday break. later today, we will be meeting with governors offices,, community health centers and disease about their vaccination operations. altogether starting next week, parents will have approximately 20,000 trusted and convenient locations to get their kids vaccinated, with more and more sites coming online in weeks ahead. importantly, by the end of this week, parents and guardians can go to to search for locations near them offering vaccinations for kids ages five to 11. as we get full strength next week, finding a site nearby, and scheduling an appointment will become easier. bottom line, starting the week of november 8, the kids'
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vaccination program will be fully up and running. parents will have a wide range of options to schedule appointment to get their kids vaccinated in settings that are familiar with and with providers they trust. before i turn to dr. murtha, i want to underscore we have made significant progress the last 10 months, with morehead -- more than 220 million americans with at least their first shot. with 70% of adults now fully vaccinated. and the pace of vaccinations continues to be strong. just today, we reported [indiscernible] shots in arms, up almost 20%. importantly, over 300,000 americans got their first shot. we remain laser focused on accelerating our path out of the pandemic by getting more americans vaccinated, and getting booster shots to tens of millions of eligible americans
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-- to vaccinating unvaccinated americans, and now helping get their kids vaccinated. overdue, dr. murphy. -- over to you, dr. murthy. dr. murthy: for all parents and caregivers who want to help their children, the arrival of vaccines truly is a landmark moment. we want to make sure every parent has the opportunity to get their questions answered, that is why we are focusing on a variety of outreach efforts to meet parents where they are with scientific information from sources they can trust. we will be working with trusted people in organizations, these include educators at schools, and state leaders. we are partnering with groups that have a long-standing relationship with parents, including the national parent -teacher association, the american academy of pediatrics, and will be providing all these organizations with tools and
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back sheets, and fliers with information about the vaccine, and we are setting up forms and town halls to answer parent questions, including a town hall this sunday. we are also working with medical groups to encourage doctors to talk to their patients about the vaccine, and to appear on local media outlets -- including appearances by spanish-speaking doctors on spanish india, so all parents can get their questions answered. we are going to leverage the full network of federal government programs to get the word out to parents, working with headstart programs, medicaid providers, and others. finally, we are setting up a nationwide network of vaccination clinics in schools so that families have easy access to vaccinations in their neighborhoods, administered by organizations they trust. we have partnered with the children's hospital association to host clinics at children's
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hospitals across the country. in all this outreach, what we want to convey is that this vaccine will help protect our kids from covid. kids deal better with adults than covid. but you saw the numbers from dr. fauci, and you heard them from dr. walensky. during the pandemic we have lost hundreds of children to covid-19, including nearly 100 children ages five to 11. thousands have been hospitalized, and thousands have developed serious covid-19 related inflammatory conditions that affect multiple organ systems, including the heart. and many children have suffered with long covid, with symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, and brain fog that stretch out for weeks or even months. covid has affected their social and mental well-being, which dr. walensky talked about. while vaccines for kids is a
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landmark positive development, in the face of these challenges, i want to warn parents about the wave of misinformation about covid-19 that is coming their way. many parents are seeing inaccurate claims on social media and in their inboxes. i believe every parent has a right to the facts, so they can make decisions for their children if -- inaccurate information robs them of this decision. i am asking parents to seek answers from credible sources like the local health department or the cdc. on a personal note, we will be so grateful that we can confidently send them out into the world, and see stronger protection against covid-19. i want every child in the country to be safe and get back
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to the lives they love, sleepovers and birthday parties, school plays and soccer games, visits with friends and grandparents and so much more. that is why we need to support parents as they consider vaccinating their children. thank you, and i will turn it back over to jack. -- jeff. >> aaron billups, the spectrum news. >> thanks for taking my question, this is for dr. walensky and dr. fauci. this is well documented that the -- a natural sars-cov-2 infection offers immunity, and parents who are worried about exposure to vaccines, is there a possibility of just one dose for children who have had prior infection?
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zients: dr. walensky? dr. walensky: we recommend children who have previously had covid get vaccinated. about 10% of kids in clinical trials had a previous infection, and we have seen that this bolsters their response. we do know that after nearly all infectious diseases you do have some protection, but we don't really know how long that lasts or how robust it is. we absolutely recommend that even children who have had the disease before get vaccinated. zients: next question, please. >> are we closer to
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reevaluating the definition of fully vaccinated as it relates to third dose -- doses, or boosters, now that all three books -- vaccines are approved for that. how will that be, and when? particularly with the u.s. the apartment of labor mandate that we are expecting sin? dr. walensky: the definition of fully vaccinated as one dose of the johnson & johnson vaccine, and two doses of either the pfizer or moderna vaccine. and we are not changing that definition at this point. >> the federal requirements will follow the cdc guidance. >> next question. reporter from the american urban radio network. >> given the reduction in
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dosage with the pfizer vaccine among five to 11-year-olds, and the increase of risk for myocarditis in the adolescent population, hello this affect the dosage? -- how will this affect the dosage? dr. walensky: that is among the reasons the dose was changed to one third of the dose. i do want to highlight this. in the clinical trials dr. fauci noted, there were no cases of myocarditis in children ages five to 11. the cdc has reviewed the data in our older age group and adolescence, and -- adolescents and has determined there is
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more of a benefit to vaccination. >> reporter from bloomberg. >> parents that they are having trouble scheduling their appointments. i know you said that this will rent up into next week. one can people log in and get that, and one will be osha rule be released, will it have an implementation. n period? dr. fauci: the osha role will be coming quite soon. after 18 months of a pandemic, it is understandable that parents have anxiously awaited this day. and we share parents' belief
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and enthusiasm to get their kids vaccinated. as for scheduling, some pediatricians are already beginning to schedule appointments, and by the end of this week, parents and guardians will be able to go to to find locations offering vaccination for those five to 11 near them. cvs and walgreens all already online, with more pharmacies coming online soon, so parents can schedule appointments for their kids over the coming weeks and days. and starting november 8, 20,000 sites, convenient and trusted sites will be opened, and the kids' vaccination program will be fully up and running. >> christina hall at the detroit free press. >> thank you for taking my question.
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with regard to the website, we did not see a specific search for the pfizer vaccine, the only listing was for those 12 and older. and you have a specific date when parents will be able to search for vaccines ages five to 11, and why wasn't the federal government prepared to have this search option on the website already, especially with that vaccines starting to be shipped out last week? dr. fauci: it will be available by the end of the week friday. more and more sites are coming online. we will have a threshold number of sites online by friday, and that is when will be live, and it will continue to add more locations, 20000 and more across the coming days. >> thank you for today's briefing, and we look forward to the next one.
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>> thursday, dr. anthony fauci and in cdc director dr. rochelle walensky testified about the biden administration's covid response. live ed c-span3, or watch full coverage on c-span now, our new video app. >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government. we are funded by these television companies and more. including comcast. >> comcast is partnering with community centers. so families can get the tools they need to be ready for anything. comcast supports c-span as a public service, along with these other television providers, giving you a front row seat to democracy. >>


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