As Twitchy reported last week, the White House quietly rolled out its plan for vaccinating children ages 5-11, in advance of an FDA advisory committee meeting to discuss authorizing the COVID-19 vaccine for children in that age range.

That advisory committee met this week and voted unanimously to approve COVID vaccines for children in that age group. We don’t know about you, but vaccination becomes a whole different ballgame when young children become involved. One panelist argued that we’ll never learn about the safety of the vaccine until we start giving it.

He’s not necessarily wrong, but “that’s the way it goes” isn’t the science we were looking for.

As we reported last week, the Biden administration bought 65 million pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, enough to give shots to the estimated 28 million children in that age range.

A lot of parents certainly will, but our question is when are school districts going to start mandating the vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds? Union president Randi Weingarten called it “great, great news” in September when Pfizer determined that its vaccine in low doses is safe for children 5-11. Vaccinate your first-grader to keep the already-vaccinated teacher safe from the coronavirus?

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