White House Says About 900,000 Kids Ages 5 to 11 Got a Covid Vaccine in First Week – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

About 900,00 kids ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of Pfizer‘s Covid-19 vaccine since U.S. regulators cleared the shots for the younger age group last week, the White House said Wednesday.

Pfizer’s vaccine for kids is given in smaller doses, one-third of the dosage given to teens and adults. Vials of the vaccine come in different packaging – orange-capped and labeled vials as opposed to the purple vials for those 12 and older. 

Children are generally less likely than adults to suffer from severe cases of Covid, but a small portion of them do, federal regulators and health experts say. At least 2,316 kids ages 5 to 11 have suffered from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a rare but serious Covid-related complication, according to data shared by the CDC at the meeting.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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