United States Starts COVID-19 Vaccinations for Toddlers

Vaccinations for children under the age of five against Covid-19 began on Tuesday in the United States (US).

Covid-19 vaccinations were made available to about 17 million children under the age of five following the approval of its emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, signed off on Covid-19 vaccines for children under the age of five on Saturday, clearing the way for immunizations to be given to that age range.

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, in an interview with CNN, said that as a father of a 4-year-old, the availability of this vaccine to toddlers was a “big deal” for his family as well.

Under the FDA’s approval, the Moderna vaccine can be given as a two-dose primary series, four weeks apart, at 25 mcg each dose, to infants and children aged six months to five years old.

Although the FDA has approved Moderna’s vaccine for children aged 6 to 17, the CDC has not yet recommended it for that age group, therefore the doses cannot be given at this time.

The FDA’s approval would allow youngsters aged 6 to 11 to receive 50 microgram dosages.

For those people aged 12 and up, the vaccines would be given in 100-microgram dosages.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is currently available in a three-dose primary series, with each dose containing 3 micrograms, for use in infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years.

The vaccination is given in a two-dose primary series, with children aged 5 to 11 receiving 10 micrograms per dose and adolescents and adults aged 12 and over receiving 30 micrograms per dose.

However, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine series takes longer to complete since the first two doses are given three weeks apart, followed by the third dose eight weeks later.

Vaccinations for young children were most commonly given in pediatricians’ clinics and pharmacies.


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