Nearly 900,000 elementary school aged children received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week with nearly 20,000 pharmacies, clinics and pediatricians administering the shots.
The CDC director says it's a step in the right direction to help protect more than just children's physical health.
"We have seen the ways this pandemic has threatened the social and emotional well-being of our children," Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. "For many children, school has been a safe and enriching environment. For this past year and a half, many children have felt the effects of school closures."
Twenty-eight million five-to-11 year olds are eligible for the low-dose Pfizer vaccine.