CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

By: Newport News Now

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are eligible for vaccinations. Parents and caregivers can get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19. All children, including those who have already had COVID-19, are encouraged to get vaccinated. Distribution of pediatric vaccinations for these younger children has started across the country and will be available at thousands of pediatric practices, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments, clinics, and other locations this week. Children in this younger age group can be vaccinated with whichever vaccine is available (either Moderna or Pfizer). Parents can reach out to their doctor, nurse, local pharmacy, or health department, or visit vaccines.gov to see where vaccines for children are available.