McLean, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 08: US First Lady Dr. Jill Biden makes remarks at Franklin Sherman Elementary School on November 8, 2021 in McLean, Virginia. dr. Biden attended the school with US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to help graduate
HOUSTON -First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is expected to visit the city of Houston as part of a nationwide effort to urge parents to vaccinate children ages 5-11.
The First Lady is expected to arrive Sunday to hold a press conference with US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy at Texas Children’s Hospital.
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Sunday’s visit is part of the Biden administration’s effort to get local school districts to host clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to children and information to parents about the benefits of the shots, as the White House strives to deliver quickly. vaccines to those ages 5 to 11 years.
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City of Houston’s chief physician, Dr. David Persse, believes that most people eventually have been or will be exposed to COVID-19. And those who are vaccinated will have a much easier time fighting the virus.
On Monday, First Lady Dr. Biden and Dr. Murthy at Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, Monday to launch a nationwide campaign to promote childhood vaccinations. The school was the first to administer the polio vaccine in 1954.
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“The vaccine is the best way to protect your children from COVID-19,” she told parents in the school cafeteria, after touring a gymnasium clinic where 260 students were vaccinated. “It’s been thoroughly revised and thoroughly tested. It’s safe. It’s free. And it’s available to every child in this country, from the age of five.”
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At the same time, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona are sending a letter to school districts across the country urging them to organize vaccine clinics for their newly eligible students. The officials are reminding school districts that they can tap into billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money to support childhood vaccination efforts.
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“Parenting and worrying go hand in hand – it’s just what we do,” the first lady also told parents. “So I can’t promise you that the dangers of the world will become any less terrifying. Just wait until your kids start driving! But with this vaccine, at least we can address one of those concerns. A big one.”
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About 28 million children ages 5 to 11 are newly eligible for injections now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for the age group. The White House says the federal government has purchased enough of the two-dose vaccine for all of them.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.