On Saturday, June 18th, the Director of the CDC approved the Covid Vaccination for children ages 6 months through 5 years of age. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it’s Director Rochelle P. Walensky has fully endorsed the Advisory Committee Immunization Practices (ACIP) which has recommended all children ages 3 months to 5 years of age be vaccinated against Covid-19. This endorsement has now validated CDC’s official recommendation to be for children ages 6 months and older. This will affect another 20 million Americans who are now eligible for the vaccination.
According to the CDC, “All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.”
The parents or guardians of children 6 months and older can get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19 and distribution of these vaccinations have already begun. Distribution will be to pediatric practices, pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC Director, stated “Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19. We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can. I encourage parents and caregivers with questions to talk to their doctor, nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.”
*This is a breaking news story, so it will be updated as more information and data are collected and/or released.
Link to the official decision media release by the CDC: CDC Younger Children Vaccinated