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NBC News reported that while Walensky initially said on Tuesday that 4.1 million people under the age of 18 had been vaccinated, the CDC later said it was a clerical error.
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Some clinics in states such as Pennsylvania, Maine, and Georgia did not wait for the CDC’s recommendation and instead began administering the vaccine to 12- and 15-year-olds after being cleared for emergency use for the age group by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is given in two doses three weeks apart, had previously been cleared for people as young as 16 years old, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were only recommended for 18 years and older.
Although severe cases of COVID-19 are relatively rare among younger populations, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recorded more than 3.9 million cases among children in the United States, representing about 14 percent of total infections in the country.
The Biden administration is urging young people eligible for the vaccine to do so as soon as possible, especially to help a safe return to in-person schooling and other pre-pandemic activities.
White House coronavirus response adviser Andy Slavitt said in Tuesday’s briefing, “The pandemic has disrupted your education, your job search, your income, your social life. ”
“You’ve seen and experienced stress in ways you’ve probably never experienced before,” Slavitt said. “Your generation has shown us how you make the world better. ”
“Getting vaccinated is part of the responsibility of becoming the generation that changes things for the better,” he added.
In total, about 56% of the U.S. population aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 44% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC’s Vaccine Tracker.
Of Americans aged 18 and older, 60% have now received at least one dose, while almost 48% have been fully immunized.