Biden officials call on early childhood teachers to help promote kids’ COVID vaccines
Share this

Two Biden administration officials released a letter on Wednesday calling on teachers to help encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 now that vaccines are available to nearly all children.

In a “Dear Colleagues” letter provided to The Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona called on the staff for early childhood education (ECE) programs to help in getting more children vaccinated.

“We appreciate your leadership, dedication, perseverance, and resilience, and honor your efforts that consistently put the needs of children first,” Becerra and Cardona said.

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared the way for children older than 6 months and under the age of 5 years to receive COVID-19 vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna.

The two secretaries called on ECE staffers to do three things: encourage parents to connect with health care providers, share information about COVID-19 vaccines with families with eligible children and partner with local health care providers to host vaccination clinics at their facilities or neighborhoods.

“As trusted messengers, staff of ECE programs and schools play a vital role in spreading the good news that COVID-19 vaccination is available for our youngest children,” the secretaries wrote. “You are essential in encouraging parents and guardians to learn about and access vaccines for all children 6 months of age and older, which will be available free at no cost.”

To help in hosting vaccination clinics, the secretaries encouraged ECE staffers to use tools provided by the HHS’s We Can Do This COVID-19 education campaign. They added that there were “ample funds” through the American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to reimburse the costs of hosting clinics.

Share this
You May Also Like

Polio IS spreading in Britain for first time in 40 years: Health chiefs launch ‘urgent’ jab rollout

Under-10s in London are set to be offered an urgent polio booster…

Heart disease: Eating acai berries ‘can protect blood vessels from damage’ – expert

Her colleague, Doctor Justine Butler, advised on foods that could increase your…

6 Fruits That Reduce Inflammation and Slow Aging

Many of the most common diseases that exist today—diabetes, heart disease, cancer,…

Joanne Woodward told of Alzheimer’s ‘just days before’ Paul Newman’s cancer diagnosis

Joanne Woodward, 92, married her husband, fellow actor Paul Newman in 1958.…

Olivia-Newton John dead: Star’s ’30-year cancer journey’ explained – signs to spot

Sources close to the star, who is most notable for her role…

The Absolute Worst Alcoholic Drinks for Your Heart

Whether you’re meeting friends for happy hour, enjoying a few beers at…

Start To Lose Weight in a Week With This Bosu Ball Routine, Says Trainer — Eat This Not That

If a fitness goal of yours is to start to lose weight…

Painkillers: Doctors asked to ration pain relief for women in childbirth

Since before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the NHS has been stretched. After…