Parents of young children receive additional guidelines on vaccinations

Additional information has been released regarding vaccinations for the nation's youngest children.
Shots For Tots: Covid Vaccinations Start For Little Us Kids
Sean Rayford - freelancer, FR171415 AP

Pharmacist Kaitlin Harring, left, administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to three year-old Fletcher Pack, while he sits on the lap of his mother, McKenzie Pack, at Walgreens pharmacy Monday, June 20, 2022, in Lexington, S.C. Today marked the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were made available to children under 5 in the United States.

The youngest children could get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as this week.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved vaccinations for those younger than 5. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe for children as young as 6 months.  

The vaccine made by Moderna is effective for 6-month-olds to 5-year-olds, and is a two-dose series, given four weeks apart. The Pfizer vaccine is effective for 6-month-olds to 4-year-olds and is a three-dose series. The first two shots are given three weeks apart, and the third one eight weeks after the second shot. 

For those living in Washington, the Western States Scientific safety review workgroup has completed a review on the federal process. The workgroup has determined that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are effective for children as young as six months old, and has given confirmation to the governors of Washington, California, Nevada and Oregon yesterday afternoon.  

Governor Jay Inslee released the following statement:  

“This is excellent news for Washington families and I know many parents who have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get their youngest children vaccinated. I encourage parents to contact their trusted providers to discuss any questions or concerns. These vaccines remain the most important tool in our continued efforts to keep people safe from severe COVID illness or hospitalization.” 

According to a press release, the workgroup will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines as they go through the federal process. 

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