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COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids. But the logistics aren't easy

Added 06-22-22 05:07:02am EST - “NPR talks to Claire Hannan, who has helped navigate vaccine rollouts in all 50 states, about some of the challenges involved in quickly getting shots out to millions of young kids.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids. But the logistics aren't easy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A mother holds her 1-year-old son as he receives the child Covid-19 vaccine in his thigh at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mass., on June 21, 2022. The temple was one of the first sites in the state to offer vaccinations to anyone in the public. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

A mother holds her 1-year-old son as he receives the child Covid-19 vaccine in his thigh at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mass., on June 21, 2022. The temple was one of the first sites in the state to offer vaccinations to anyone in the public.

My daughter was only just starting to walk when the pandemic started. Now she's almost four, and in all that time — growing up, going to school — she's had no access to any protection from COVID-19 vaccines.

That changes this week. The White House has rolled out a plan for vaccinating the 19 million kids under 5 in the U.S., but if you're just coming out of the holiday weekend trying to figure out where to find an appointment, you're not alone.

Claire Hannan has been helping immunization managers from all 50 states navigate COVID-19 vaccine rollouts since fall 2020 as the executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers. She told NPR what's been happening behind the scenes to get this new low-dose formulation of Moderna and Pfizer's vaccines out so that little kids can finally get protected.

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