CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

Jun 21, 2022 | COVID News |

COVID-19 Update from the Nurse-Led COVID Vaccine Confidence Project

On June 18, 2022 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.

What do I need to know? 

  • Parents and caregivers can now get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19. All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.
  • Children in this younger age group can be vaccinated with whichever vaccine is available (either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech). 
  • 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. 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.

COVID-19 vaccines have undergone—and will continue to undergo—the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Parents with questions are encouraged to talk to their child’s healthcare provider, school nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine, and the importance of keeping children up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. 

For more information about who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, click here.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination schedules, click here. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

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This project was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number NU50CK000580). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

 

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About The Author

Sierra Little is the Communications Coordinator at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium.

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