WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden visited a vaccination clinic Tuesday to celebrate that virtually all Americans can now get a COVID-19 shot after the authorization of vaccines for kids under 5 over the weekend.Biden visited a vaccination clinic in Washington, D.C., where some of the first shots were given to young children in the last major age group ineligible for vaccines, hailing it as an important pandemic milestone that will support the country’s recovery.
While anyone aged six months and up is now eligible for vaccines, the administration is cautioning that it expects the pace of shots for the youngest kids to be slower than older ones, as parents are more likely to rely on their children's pediatricians to administer them."The United States is now the first country in the world to offer safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old," Biden said at the White House.President Joe Biden speaks with children while visiting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the District of Columbia's Department of Health in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Addressing parents, Biden said, "I encourage you to talk to the doctor after you make a plan to get your child vaccinated."Biden also delivered a thinly veiled criticism of Republican Florida Gov.
Ron DeSantis, who blocked his health department from ordering and delivering pediatric vaccines in his state, a move the White House said delayed the availability of shots for kids under 5."Let’s be clear: Elected officials shouldn’t get in the way and can make it more difficult for parents who want their children to be vaccinated and want to protect them and those around them," he said.