CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for young children
(KAKE) - On Saturday, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age be vaccinated against COVID-19. This means that all children age 6 months and over are eligible for vaccination.
Parents and caregivers can now get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.
Distribution of pediatric vaccinations for these younger children has started across the country, and will be available at thousands of pediatric practices, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments, clinics, and other locations this week. Children in this younger age group can be vaccinated with whichever vaccine is available (either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech). Parents can reach out to their doctor, nurse, local pharmacy, or health department, or visit vaccines.gov to see where vaccines for children are available. ???
CDC Director Dr. Walensky says that:
“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. I encourage 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."???