COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Under 5 Now Available

Jun 22, 2022, 2:11 PM

(from the American Hospital Association) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Saturday recommended the Moderna vaccine for children aged 6 months through 5 years old and the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 6 months through 4 years old, and the CDC endorsed the recommendation. 

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(from NPR) Most vaccines for young children will be delivered in pediatrician and family practice offices. Pharmacies can vaccinate children young as three but are not as likely to do so because pediatricians are more comfortable administering vaccines to this very young age group. However, pediatricians' offices are not accustomed to the multi-dose vials, which go to waste if not all doses are used within 12 hours.

Vaccines should be available by the end of the week if not by mid-week. Research shows that previous bouts of COVID do not protect against hospitalization and death, whereas the vaccine does, so the CDC Advisory Committee recommends all eligible children get vaccinated. 

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