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News Update

Biden administration urges schools to hold vaccination clinics for children

About a week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommended the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, the Biden Administration is calling on schools to host vaccination clinics and provide information on the benefits of the vaccine to parents.

The administration’s nationwide campaign to promote child vaccinations kicked off Monday with a visit by First lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, the Associated Press reported. In 1954, that school was the first to administer the polio vaccine.

In the coming weeks, the first lady will visit vaccination clinics throughout the country to promote the campaign, according to AP.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona are sending letters to school districts throughout the country to urge them to hold vaccination clinics, and use federal Covid relief funds to pay for them. Federal officials are also encouraging districts to host community conversations and share fact sheets on the vaccines, according to AP.