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Franklin Sherman Elementary made history as the first school to give its students the polio vaccine in 1954 – a fact First Lady Jill Biden accepted on Monday when she attended the school’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to provide pediatric vaccinations for children of old age from 5 to 11 years old to promote.
Biden, together with US surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy the McLean, Virginia Learning Center. Her appearance followed the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week that young children receive a low dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Biden, herself an educator, attended the event as part of a nationwide effort to get the country’s eligible children vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Children are less susceptible to serious infections from the virus – which is already responsible for the deaths of more than 750,000 Americans – but they are still at risk of hospitalization or even death from the disease. Children can also become infected with the virus and pass it on to more vulnerable populations.
Biden was introduced by a sixth grader at school named Everett, who advocated the importance of vaccines, as well as vaccination incentives, which he thought should include ice cream for anyone who got the sting.
In her remarks, Biden pointed out the many steps parents take every day to protect their children, such as cutting grapes in half to minimize the chances of suffocation.
“Parents, we do everything we can to protect our children,” she said.
“The President and I know how difficult this pandemic has been for your children and families. And I’m here today because we take care of you and your beautiful children, ”she said and encouraged parents to vaccinate their children from the age of 5.
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In a press release announcing the first lady’s visit, the Fairfax County Public School praised the school’s history and the “polio pioneers” who were the first healthy children in the country to step on the ground to receive the polio vaccine.
“Now, 67 years later, First Lady Jill Biden will be visiting Franklin Sherman ES on Monday, November 8th, to pay a visit to the story as part of a nationwide effort to promote pediatric COVID-19 vaccination. Biden’s visit follows that More than 5 million people around the world have died from the virus, including more than 750,000 Americans and more than 1,200 Fairfax County residents, the county said.
The statement said the school’s sixth graders learned more about their elementary school’s role in eradicating polio.
“We read articles on the polio vaccine, the story of the Franklin Sherman Elementary, and they were hired to create public service posters to promote healthy activities during the pandemic,” the statement quoted Romona Wright, a sixth teacher, quoting as saying Class with Franklin Sherman. “A couple of students have said this is like polio, the pandemic we’re going through.”