Walter Reed on lockdown following bomb threat
The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is on lockdown this morning, after its campus received a bomb threat.
Naval Support Activity Bethesda, the military campus that includes Walter Reed, said officials received a threatening phone call about an hour ago.
Naval Support Activity Bethesda
1/2 – 0925, 20OCT21: At approximately 8:45 a.m., the installation received a phone call from an anonymous source stating there is a bomb at or near Building 10. Security personnel have responded to the scene.
October 20, 2021
“At approximately 8:45 a.m., the installation received a phone call from an anonymous source stating there is a bomb at or near Building 10. Security personnel have responded to the scene,” NSA Bethesda said on Twitter.
“The base is on lockdown. All personnel should shelter in place. All gates are closed to non-emergency traffic. The public is asked to avoid the area.”
It’s worth noting that the Biden administration’s plan to administer coronavirus vaccine shots to children aged 5 to 11 includes an educational campaign.
According to the statement issued by the White House this morning, the department of health and human services will launch “a national public education campaign to reach parents and guardians with accurate and culturally-responsive information about the vaccine and the risks that COVID-19 poses to children”.
As part of those efforts, government officials will coordinate with local leaders at schools, churches and health departments to better convey accurate vaccine information to the public.
Vaccines are already available to children aged 12 or older in the US, but American parents have been somewhat hesitant to vaccinate their children.
According to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 46% of children aged 12 to 15 are fully vaccinated. Among children who are 16 or 17 years old, the vaccination rate is slightly higher, at 54%.
The White House coronavirus response team held a briefing this morning to outline the Biden administration’s plan to distribute coronavirus vaccines to children between the ages of 5 and 11.
Jeff Zients, the response team coordinator, said he expected the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make their decisions on authorizing vaccines for those children “in the next couple of weeks”.
“We expect the FDA and CDC’s decision on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 in the next couple of weeks … Should the FDA and CDC authorize the vaccine, we will be ready to get shots in arms.”
— WH COVID Response Coordinator Jeff Zients pic.twitter.com/UkIjbDzWw7
October 20, 2021
An FDA advisory panel will meet next week to discuss Pfizer’s application to make a version of its coronavirus vaccine available to children in that age group. A CDC panel will then convene the following week.
“We know millions of parents have been waiting waiting for Covid-19 vaccine for kids in this age group,” Zients said. “And should the FDA and CDC authorize the vaccine, we will be ready to get shots in arms.”
White House outlines plan to vaccinate children aged five to 11
Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.
The Food and Drug Administration has not yet authorized any coronavirus vaccines for children between the ages of five and 11, but the Biden administration is already taking steps to ensure vaccines can be quickly administered once that approval comes through.
The White House announced a plan today “to ensure that, if a vaccine is authorized for children ages five and 11, it is quickly distributed and made conveniently and equitably available to families across the country”.
White House COVID-19 Response Team
We expect the FDA and CDC’s decision on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11 in the next few weeks and have put together a plan to ensure that vaccines for this age group are available, easy & convenient, should the FDA & CDC authorize the vaccine. https://t.co/o4eX8N2F8e
October 20, 2021
According to the White House, the US already has enough vaccine supply for the 28 million American children in that age group. Pfizer has already created a specific vaccine dose and formula for these children as well.
“Nationwide, more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care provider sites will provide vaccinations for children, in addition to tens of thousands of other provider locations that serve children, including pharmacies, children’s hospitals, and community health centers,” the White House said in its statement.
Of course, parents with young children still need to wait on the FDA approval, but that could occur in a matter of weeks.
The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.