The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended vaccines against Covid-19 for children under 5, clearing the way for the United States to start vaccinating millions of children who are not yet eligible.
Other countries often turn to CDC vaccine solutions for guidance, and the United States will be the first to vaccinate their youngest children with BioNTech / Pfizer and Moderna vaccines starting at six months.
The decision will make the strikes accessible to nearly 20 million additional children in the United States.
“We have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against Covid-19. We know that millions of parents and caregivers want to vaccinate their young children, and with today’s decision, they can, “said Rochelle Valenski, director of the CDC, on Saturday.
The United States has already begun delivering millions of doses to doctors’ offices, children’s hospitals and pharmacies, and some providers may start administering the vaccines as early as Monday.
Valenski’s approval of the shot for America’s youngest child comes after the FDA rejected the strikes earlier this week and a CDC advisory panel backed them earlier Saturday.
Most children do not become seriously ill with Covid-19, but a small percentage may become seriously ill and be hospitalized or, in rare cases, die.
Moderna vaccine for children aged six months to five years consists of two doses of 25 micrograms given at four-week intervals, while BioNTech / Pfizer for children is three injections of 3 micrograms each, with the first two injections give an interval of three weeks, and the third injection at least two months later.
Pfizer and BioNTech said their three-dose regimen for children aged six months to five years was found to be 80% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and generating a strong immune response. Moderna’s has been shown to be 51% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in children aged 6 months to 2 years and 37% effective in children aged 2 to 5 years.