Covid vaccines for children: What updates to expect this week
Children's covid vaccines could receive FDA endorsement after a committee meets this Wednesday to discuss vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will meet Wednesday to weigh in on Covid vaccines for children under 5.
The committee's endorsement is a crucial step before the FDA can authorize the shots, from both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, for the age group. Children under 5 are the only group in the United States who remain ineligible to get vaccinated.
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Some parents of the roughly 18 million children in the age group have been eagerly awaiting the shots to become available. However, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that only about 1 in 5 parents with children under 5 say they intend to get their child vaccinated “right away" once federal regulators authorize it.
While children are less likely than adults to become seriously ill from Covid, some do suffer from complications — and an infected child can spread the virus to family members, giving an urgency to vaccinating this age group, health experts note.