The coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer for children 5 to 11 years old was approved by the CDC yesterday, and a full launch is scheduled for next week; in fact, appointments are available now at some pediatricians’ offices and pharmacies. (By Friday latest, you can schedule these at vaccines.gov, say authorities.) If you’re on the fence about vaccinating your child, Dr. Anthony Fauci , the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listed 7 reasons why it’s essential to keep your children safe. Read on for all 7—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Nurse with thermometer measures fever on patient child in hospital bed, wearing protective visor and surgical mask. "Let’s take a look at the cumulative burden of all children," said Dr. Fauci. "Those less than 18 years old, over 5 million cases, over 65,000 hospitalization. And as the total group, over 5,000 multi-system inflammatory syndrome with total deaths now approaching 800 individuals. Let’s take a look specifically at the group on the discussion today of the five to 11 year olds" 1.9 million cases reported more than 8,000 hospitalizations, one third of which resulted in a requirement for an ICU admission among that younger group, more than 2,000 multi-system inflammatory syndrome. And in the total cohort, at least 94 COVID associated deaths." Attentive doctor analyzing x ray of his patient "Let’s take a look at the underlying medical conditions among children of that age group, who are hospitalized," said Dr. Fauci. "It’s dominated by chronic lung disease, obesity and neurological disorders, but there are a number of other disorders, many of which we see frequently in children, particularly children of a certain age that make it very, very likely that an individual, if they do become hospitalized, will have one of these underlying conditions."