Jill Biden continues her push to get kids vaccinated with hugs and stickers

Jill Biden continues her push to get kids vaccinated with


Jill Biden offered hugs and stickers to newly-vaccinated kids at Children’s Hospital THEARC in DC on Wednesday as she continues her campaign to get children five and up their shot in the arm. 

The first lady encouraged parents to get their children the COVID vaccine to keep them safe and said she understood their concern as worrying is what parents do.

During her visit to the D.C. area hospital, Biden hugged six-year-old Akeelah Osborne, who just got her Pfizer vaccine; posed for selfies with kids and their families; and petted Barney, the golden retriever comfort dog.

Five-year-old BJ Buris showed the first lady where he got his shot and assured her it didn’t hurt. 

Some 2.6 million kids ages 5 to 11 will have gotten their first vaccine shot by the end of Wednesday, according to the White House. That’s about 10% of kids.

The White House also pointed out if parents get kids vaccinated this week, they’ll be fully vaccinated by Christmas.  

First Lady Jill Biden hugs Akeelah Osborne after she got the COVID-19 vaccination at Childrens Hospital THEARC in Washington D.C.

First Lady Jill Biden hugs Akeelah Osborne after she got the COVID-19 vaccination at Childrens Hospital THEARC in Washington D.C.

First lady Jill Biden hands out stickers to recently vaccinated children during a visit to a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Children's National Hospital's THEARC

First lady Jill Biden hands out stickers to recently vaccinated children during a visit to a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Children’s National Hospital’s THEARC

Jill Biden meets NBA Wizards mascot G-Wiz and hospital mascot Dr. Bear

Jill Biden meets NBA Wizards mascot G-Wiz and hospital mascot Dr. Bear

Jill Biden meets with newly-vaccinated kids and Barney the therapy dog

Jill Biden meets with newly-vaccinated kids and Barney the therapy dog

Cinderella, Captain America, G-Wiz the Wizards’ mascot and Dr. Bear, the Children's Hospital mascot joined Jill Biden at her hospital visit

Cinderella, Captain America, G-Wiz the Wizards’ mascot and Dr. Bear, the Children’s Hospital mascot joined Jill Biden at her hospital visit

During her visit, Jill Biden was accompanied by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Washington Mystics’ Alysha Clark, and Washington Wizards’ Thomas Bryant. 

Mingling in the observation room, where the kids waited after their shots, were Cinderella, Captain America, G-Wiz the Wizards’ mascot and Dr. Bear, the Children’s Hospital mascot.  

‘You’re the real heroes. You have your super power and now you’re protected against COVID,’ she told the kids. 

The first lady has taken the lead for the administration in getting children between the ages of 5 and 11 vaccinated after the Food and Drug Administration approved shots for them. 

In her remarks, Biden spoke about the safety measures parents take for their children – holding hands crossing the street, watching what they eat and ‘stuffing them in snow suits.’

‘Joe and our team have been working every day to give you what you need to keep your family safe in this pandemic. and parents. I’m so excited that now you have a new way to do just that, a vaccine for children, five and up,’ she said to great applause.

She reminded the parents the vaccine was safe, free and effective. And said it was okay to worry. 

‘Parenthood and worrying go hand in hand don’t they, and it’s just what parents do. We worry constantly about our kids, so I can’t promise you that the dangers of this world will become any less frightening. I mean, just wait until your kids start driving,’ she joked. 

But she concluded: ‘Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than our children’s health. And it’s up to us to keep them safe and with this vaccine we can.’

Before her visit, Biden met with singer Ciara to help spread the word about pediatric vaccines. 

The ‘1, 2 step’ singer was at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with the first lady as part of Jill Biden’s effort to get children 5 to 11 vaccinated. 

‘They are filming a digital product encouraging pediatric vaccines,’ East Wing spokesman Michael LaRosa told DailyMail.com. 

That filming took place in the East Garden of the White House on a beautiful fall day in D.C.  

'Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than our children's health. And it's up to us to keep them safe and with this vaccine we can,' Jill Biden told parents

‘Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than our children’s health. And it’s up to us to keep them safe and with this vaccine we can,’ Jill Biden told parents

First Lady Jill Biden hugs Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy as they visit with children who just got their COVID-19 vaccination at Childrens Hospital THEARC

First Lady Jill Biden hugs Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy as they visit with children who just got their COVID-19 vaccination at Childrens Hospital THEARC

President Joe Biden says "bye" to first lady Jill Biden,  singer Ciara Princess Wilson, Sienna Princess Wilson, Future Zahir Wilburn,and Win Harrison Wilson

President Joe Biden says ‘bye’ to first lady Jill Biden,  singer Ciara Princess Wilson, Sienna Princess Wilson, Future Zahir Wilburn,and Win Harrison Wilson

The wind from Marine One blows the hair of Jill Biden, Sienna Princess Wilson, Ciara Princess Wilson, and singer Ciara Princess Wilson

The wind from Marine One blows the hair of Jill Biden, Sienna Princess Wilson, Ciara Princess Wilson, and singer Ciara Princess Wilson

Jill Biden will visit a pediatric vaccination clinic at the Children’s National THEARC on Wednesday afternoon with Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Washington Mystics’ Alysha Clark, and Washington Wizards’ Thomas Bryant as part of that effort.  

Last Monday, Jill Biden visited the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McClean, Va., which was the first school in the nation to host a polio vaccine clinic on April 26, 1954, with more than 100 second graders getting their shots. 

‘Please make the decision to protect your children with the same vaccine that has already saved millions of lives, because nothing is more important than our children’s health,’ the first lady said, though was careful to label the decision a ‘choice.’ 

On Sunday, she visited a clinic in Texas to promote the same message. 

The first lady has taken on vaccine promotion as one of her issues. She’s visited red states and southern states with low vaccination rates to encourage more shots in arms.  

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in five to 11-year-olds last month.  

Kid are being given 10 microgram doses – one-third of the size given to adolescents and adults – three weeks apart.

Doses started being doled out immediately, though have been met by some resistance since the virus poses a low risk to that age group, accounting for just 0.1 percent of Covid deaths in the U.S. 

Because of this low risk of severe illness, polls have shown that many parents are not inclined to vaccinate their children. 

President Biden walked up a few stairs of the South Portico balcony to say bye

President Biden walked up a few stairs of the South Portico balcony to say bye

Ciara was at the White House to meet with the first lady as part of Jill Biden's effort to get children 5 to 11 vaccinated

Ciara was at the White House to meet with the first lady as part of Jill Biden’s effort to get children 5 to 11 vaccinated

Jill Biden puts a vaccination sticker on a little girl at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School vaccination clinic in Virginia last week

Jill Biden puts a vaccination sticker on a little girl at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School vaccination clinic in Virginia last week

New survey data published last month from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 27 percent of parents with kids aged five to 11 say that their children will get vaccinated as soon as it’s available.

Meanwhile, 33 percent say they will ‘wait and see’ how the vaccine is working before deciding whether or not to immunize their kids. 

Another five percent of parents say they will only get their children vaccinated if it is required by their schools and 30 percent say they will not get their kids vaccinated at all.

 



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