Despite continuing skepticism from parents and some scientific advisers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday recommended vaccines against Covid-19 for children under 6 months of age.
The decision means that young children can be injected as early as Tuesday. Covid-19 is stubbornly resistant to extinction, and new cases are still on the rise in various hotspots, including Los Angeles.
Federal regulators have approved the Moderna vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 6 months to 4 years.
Dr. Rochelle P. Valenski, director of the CDC, said many were “eager” to inject their children.
“Together with the science leading the task, we set off another important stepforwardin our nation’s fight against Covid-19, “she said. “We know that millions of parents and caregivers are eager to vaccinate their young children, and with today’s decision they can.
Despite this enthusiasm, CDC Scientific advisers were concerned about the lack of data, especially on the efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
In Los Angeles, the United School District of Los Angeles has already postponed its mandate to vaccinate all students by July 2023. The move came in line with the state, which also moved its deadline. The vaccine mandate was initially set for the next school year. All teachers and staff must be vaccinated.
New York Times announced itemThe Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has an overall effectiveness of 80 percent in children under 5, Pfizer researchers said Friday.
However, this is based on three children in the vaccinated group and seven who received a placebo, making it an unreliable indicator, CDC advisers said, and the NYT reported.