June 20, 2022
Tomorrow marks another important milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic response as the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months and older begins across the nation.
Last week, the FDA authorized and the CDC recommended the emergency use authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. The authorization is “welcome news” for many parents who have been waiting for the opportunity to vaccinate their children, said Dr. Denise Johnson, Pennsylvania’s acting health secretary and physician general.
“Parents can begin scheduling appointments early (this) week with many vaccine providers, including pediatricians and primary care physicians, who will have the vaccine available for administration as early as Tuesday (June 21),” Dr. Johnson said.
Here’s what you need to know:
“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,” said Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, CDC director.
The federal agencies have authorized the use of the three-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between 6 months through age 4. Moderna’s vaccine has been authorized for children between 6 months through age 5.
HAP encourages everyone to contact their health care provider for more information about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines for themselves and their loved ones.
Additional information from the FDA and CDC is available online.
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