The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 5 years old. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously recommended approval of vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for use among younger children. Nearly 20 million additional children, including all Americans ages 6 months and older, are now qualified to be immunized against the disease.
The panel’s recommendation was then quickly accepted by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who said in a statement: “Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19. We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can.” Walensky encouraged parents and caregivers with questions “to talk to their doctor, nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.”
The CDC said distribution of pediatric vaccinations for the youngest children has already started across the country and doses will be available this week at pediatric practices, pharmacies, qualified health centers, local health departments, clinics and other locations. After the CDC’s approval, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its COVID-19 recommendations to include a “strong recommendation” for children in this age group to receive the vaccine.
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