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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday gave final approval for the first coronavirus vaccines for children as young as six months, opening the door for toddlers and preschoolers to be vaccinated beginning early this week.
One day after the Food and Drug Administration lent its support to giving vaccines to young children, scientific advisors to the CDC unanimously recommended approval Saturday. The action was then endorsed by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, formally making the two major U.S. vaccines available to 19 million children.
The approvals were for a two-dose vaccine regimen from Moderna for children 6 months through 5 years old, and a three-dose regimen from Pfizer-BioNTech for children 6 months through 4 years old.
“We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can,” Walensky said in a statement. “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.”back to blog