Trump surgeon general says he plans to vaccinate 11-year-old as soon as possible

Trump surgeon general says he plans to vaccinate 11-year-old as soon as possible
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Former Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsTrump administration surgeon general predicts 'winter surge' in COVID-19 Overnight Health Care — Biden urges parents to vaccinate children Trump surgeon general says he plans to vaccinate 11-year-old as soon as possible MORE says he will get his 11-year-old daughter vaccinated as soon as possible. 

Adams, who served in former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE's administration, told The Dallas Morning News that both of his sons are vaccinated, and that he planned on vaccinating his daughter once children are eligible.   

“I’m a doctor, a former lab researcher, a public health expert — but I’m also a dad,” Adams told the newspaper. “And COVID was the No. 6 leading cause of death in this country for children in September.”

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The former surgeon general also tweeted that he would vaccinate his daughter.

Adams’s comments come as the U.S. gears up to extend its vaccination campaign to children ages 5 to 11.

Recent data suggest that children are getting infected and transmitting the virus as easily as adults, though half show no symptoms and they are less likely to become severely sick.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s version of the shot last week for children in that age group. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday cleared the way for the younger age group to start receiving the vaccine as soon as possible. 

White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsEurope's COVID-19 surge highlights warnings for US Overnight Health Care — Presented by Emergent Biosolutions — 2.6M children vaccinated in first two weeks White House: 10 percent of children aged 5 to 11 have received first shot MORE said Monday that the vaccination program for younger kids will be fully operational next week.

Adams has been vocal about the need for vaccinations and allowing public health officials to make decisions amid orders barring local authorities from imposing mask mandates. 

Speaking to the Dallas newspaper, Adams said it bothered him that local leaders are having their authority taken away for political reasons and that people who are not vaccinated are being demonized. 

“We need Trump people and Biden people to get vaccinated,” Adams said. “We need to engage them all.”