Covid vaccines for kids under 5: What parents should know about timeline, side effects, efficacy
The FDA on Friday authorized Covid vaccines for children under 5 from Pfizer and Moderna, paving the way for young ones to receive their first doses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on vaccines for Americans younger than 5 years old, allowing shots to begin immediately.
The move came a day after the Food and Drug Administration issued three new authorizations for Covid-19 vaccines.
The FDA on Friday authorized Pfizer shots for children between 6 months and 4 years old, and Moderna shots for children between 6 months and 5 years old. Additionally, it green-lit Moderna shots for kids 6 to 17. Previously, the only vaccine available for that age group was Pfizer's, which the FDA authorized last year for kids 5 and older.
The Biden administration pledged to start shipping up to 10 million doses to states, pharmacies and community health centers immediately after the FDA authorization.
"We expect that vaccinations will begin in earnest as early as Tuesday, June 21, and really roll on throughout that week," Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, said at a briefing earlier this month. He noted that many doctors' offices may be closed for the Juneteenth federal holiday on Monday.