This vaccine is the best way to protect your children against Covid-19. It’s been thoroughly reviewed and rigorously tested. It’s safe. It’s free, and it’s available for every child in this country. — First Lady Jill Biden
This vaccine is the best way to protect your children against Covid-19. It’s been thoroughly reviewed and rigorously tested. It’s safe. It’s free, and it’s available for every child in this country. — First Lady Jill Biden

The truth is that Covid is not harmless in children. We have tragically lost hundreds of children to the pandemic. — Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General
The truth is that Covid is not harmless in children. We have tragically lost hundreds of children to the pandemic. — Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General

Jill Biden Attends Coronavirus Clinic at Elementary School
Franklin Sherman Elementary School made medical history in 1954, when 114 of its students became the first healthy American children to be vaccinated against polio as part of a nationwide clinical trial. They called themselves “polio pioneers.”

On Monday the school again earned a place in the spotlight, by running a coronavirus vaccine clinic for its students that the first lady, Jill Biden, visited with the surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Dozens of young children, accompanied by their parents, trooped through its brightly colored gymnasium to get their shots.

The visit kicked off what White House officials said would be a national push, led by Dr. Biden, to persuade parents and guardians to vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds now that the shots are available to them. The administration has already shipped 15 million pediatric doses across the country to doctors’ offices, children’s hospitals, community health centers, pharmacies and schools, with the goal of vaccinating all 28 million children in the age group.

Dr. Biden offered a simple and direct message to parents: “This vaccine is the best way to protect your children against Covid-19. It’s been thoroughly reviewed and rigorously tested. It’s safe. It’s free, and it’s available for every child in this country.”

... “You guys are leaders,” Dr. Biden told them, “so thank you for being so brave.”

Later, the two addressed students and their parents. “The truth is that Covid is not harmless in children,” Dr. Murthy said, adding, “We have tragically lost hundreds of children to the pandemic.”

... The school and its “polio pioneers” are mindful of their place in history. One of them, Jackie Lonergan, now 75, told The Washington Post that parents did not question whether their children should get Dr. Salk’s experimental vaccine. (In a rare interview in 1993, Dr. Salk told a reporter that his vaccine had offered “freedom from fear.”)

“We were very patriotic then,” the newspaper quoted Ms. Lonergan as saying. “The war was over and the country was booming. It was a very optimistic time.”

The school’s current students are mindful as well. Dr. Murthy and Dr. Biden were introduced by Everett Munson, a 6th grader who had studied the history of polio in one of his classes. He said he was “looking forward to going places” — including visiting his cousins — “without worrying that I could get Covid-19.”
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/08/us/politics/first-lady-looks-on-as-elementary-students-get-coronavirus-shots.html