First lady joined by athletes at pediatric vaccine clinic

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited a pediatric vaccine clinic at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, her third visit to a vaccination center since U.S. health officials approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5-11.

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited a pediatric vaccine clinic at Washington, DC’s Children’s National Hospital on Wednesday

It was her third visit to a vaccination center since US health officials approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

dr. Biden was joined by Thomas Bryant, an NBA player for the Washington Wizards, and Alysha Clark, a WNBA player for the Washington Mystics.

Children’s National operates 23 pediatric vaccination clinics in locations near Washington and in Maryland

“To all the kids who get your injections, you are the real heroes,” said Dr. Biden after she visited the vaccination clinic and visited families while children received their injections. The first lady then addressed the parents whose children had to wait more than 18 months for a vaccine against the coronavirus.

“The president and I know how hard this has been for you and your family,” she said. “And I’m here today because we care about you and your children. Joe and our team have worked every day to give you what you need to protect your family during this pandemic.”

The clinic aims to vaccinate 40-50 children in the clinic on Wednesday alone; Children’s National also operates 23 pediatric vaccination clinics in locations around Washington and Maryland, and provides mobile vaccination pop-ups in area primary schools.

People dressed as Captain America and Elsa from the children’s movie “Frozen” listen as first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic at THEARC of Children’s National Hospital, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

At the end of the day, federal health officials expect more than 2.6 million children will have received their COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for nearly 10% of the 28 million children in that age group.

The kids vaccinated Wednesday at Children’s National were surprised not only by the first lady, but also by two of Washington’s professional athletes: Thomas Bryant, an NBA player for the Washington Wizards, and Alysha Clark, a WNBA player. for the Washington Mystics.

“Today we gathered some very special guests to help spread the word of mouth about vaccines: Captain America and Cinderella,” said Dr. Biden, pointing to individuals dressed as the characters. “We also have two people here who just seem superhuman: Alicia and Thomas.”

In her own comments, Clark praised the kids for their courage and said she isn’t a fan of needles herself.

“I want to applaud you all for taking the step today to trust the scientific and medical professionals who have been working around the clock to conduct extensive research and find a way to get on the other side of this pandemic. Clark said. “I know today is a big problem.”

Bryant and Clark weren’t the only high-profile guests to meet the first lady on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Biden “Body Party” singer Ciara and her children Sienna Princess, 4, Future Zahir, 7, and Win Harrison, 1 at the White House. President Joe Biden greeted the group from the lawn before leaving for Michigan, where he will tour an electric vehicle manufacturing plant and comment on his recently signed infrastructure bill.

East Wing spokesman Michael LaRosa said Ciara and the first lady “filmed a digital product that encourages pediatric vaccines”.

First lady Jill Biden, singer and wife of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Ciara Princess Wilson, right, with her children Future Zahir, 7, Sienna Princess, 4, and Win Harrison Wilson, 1, and pediatrician Hina Talib, left, waving from the White House balcony to President Joe Biden as he walks to Air Force One, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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