WH ready to give Pfizer shots to 5-11-year-olds

The White House COVID-19 response team says it's preparing a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rollout for children aged 5 to 11 years old as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives its clinical recommendations.

The CDC has been proceeding toward the move after the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer vaccine for that age group last week.

In a briefing on Monday, a White House official explained that preparations are in place to ship the doses so that the children's vaccination program will be fully up and running from November 8.

The US government says vaccines for this age group are specifically formulated, have shorter needles and are shipped in different containers.

In the briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said, "it's critical to follow the scientific process and the due diligence required before we bring vaccine to children."

She said, "parents will have a lot of questions, and I would encourage parents to ask questions as they consider the benefits of vaccinating their children."