CDC Finalizes COVID-19 Vaccination for US Children On Saturday, June 18, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made its final recommendation for the use of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months of age and older, allowing nationwide vaccination to begin as early as next year. this week
The CDC's decision comes after an earlier panel voted to recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children.
“We know that millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated, and after today's decision, they have the right to do so,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in her statement.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also granted Moderna Inc approval on June 17 to vaccinate children aged six months to five years and Pfizer-BioNTech – for children aged six months to four years. (Pfizer's vaccine was previously approved for children over the age of five.)
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement that the move was a “historic milestone”. The Joe Biden administration plans to distribute vaccines to children as early as next week.
“In the coming weeks, every parent who wants to vaccinate their child will be able to do. As vaccination program expands,” President Biden said in a June 18 statement.
Public health officials push for childhood vaccinations ahead of new school year , as it is hoped that vaccinations for this age group will help prevent hospitalizations and deaths if COVID-19 cases rise again.
COVID-19 , as a rule, occurs in children in a milder form. However, as of March 2020, it is the fifth leading cause of death in children aged 1-4 and the fourth leading cause of death in children under one year of age, according to the CDC.