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FDA authorizes COVID-19 vaccines for youngest children

Available for kids between 6 months and 5 years old

Children under age 5 became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as this weekend, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval Friday for the age group.

The FDA announced that it would amend its emergency use authorization for the vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, making both of them available to children as young as 6 months old.

This weekend, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the recommendation to authorize the shots for the country's youngest children.

Toddlers and young children could begin receiving COVID vaccine doses by Monday or Tuesday as a result.

"Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in a statement. "As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death."

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The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to children under age 5 in three doses over roughly three months while the Moderna vaccine will have the same two-dose schedule for all children.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently approved under an emergency use authorization for everyone ages 5-15 and fully approved and marketed as Comirnaty for everyone ages 16 and up.

The Moderna vaccine has also been fully approved for all adults and is marketed as Spikevax.

According to CDC data, 66.8% of all U.S. residents have completed their initial vaccination series.

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FDA authorizes COVID-19 vaccines for youngest children

Available for kids between 6 months and 5 years old

by Eli Walsh / BCN Foundation /

Uploaded: Sun, Jun 19, 2022, 7:48 pm

Children under age 5 became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as this weekend, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval Friday for the age group.

The FDA announced that it would amend its emergency use authorization for the vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, making both of them available to children as young as 6 months old.

This weekend, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the recommendation to authorize the shots for the country's youngest children.

Toddlers and young children could begin receiving COVID vaccine doses by Monday or Tuesday as a result.

"Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in a statement. "As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death."

The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to children under age 5 in three doses over roughly three months while the Moderna vaccine will have the same two-dose schedule for all children.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently approved under an emergency use authorization for everyone ages 5-15 and fully approved and marketed as Comirnaty for everyone ages 16 and up.

The Moderna vaccine has also been fully approved for all adults and is marketed as Spikevax.

According to CDC data, 66.8% of all U.S. residents have completed their initial vaccination series.

Comments

Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jun 19, 2022 at 8:50 pm
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jun 19, 2022 at 8:50 pm

1) CDC says the risk of serious infection is higher for common flu than omicron for kids (near 0)

2) Vaccinated people are still getting and spreading covid left and right

3) What's the purpose of RNA jabbing 1 year olds with this information?


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on Jun 20, 2022 at 8:27 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on Jun 20, 2022 at 8:27 am

Remember, this is still classified as ‘experimental gene therapy,’ not a vaccine. Please Pleasanton Weekly, provide the parents with the data, trial information, and overall reasoning why young children must receive this drug. Do your job as a news organization that provides facts, as opposed to behaving ‘lock step’ with this political dogma. Start acting like journalists.


Dena
Registered user
Walnut Hills
on Jun 21, 2022 at 9:08 am
Dena, Walnut Hills
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 9:08 am

1) CDC says the risk of serious infection is higher for common flu than omicron for kids (near 0)

Wrong- the flu hasn't killed a million people in roughly 36 months

2) Vaccinated people are still getting and spreading covid left and right

Yes, but their not dying or over flowing our hospitals

3) What's the purpose of RNA jabbing 1 year olds with this information?

Its a vaccine; not experimental has emergency use authorization

Okay you are more qualified to advise others about the vaccine than the FDA, CDC, WHO, and all the other experts; gawd help us


Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jun 21, 2022 at 10:00 am
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 10:00 am

1) I said children. Covid took down old and sickly people but the rate of serious infection for under 18 was near zero. (Proof: Web Link

2) If true, why did Alameda county bring back mask mandates? The county heavily vaxxed, yet you're still wearing a mask years later LOL

IF you want to jab up your 1 year old for omicron (mild) go for it.


BobB
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Jun 21, 2022 at 10:30 am
BobB, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 10:30 am

@Jake Waters,

The covid-19 vaccines were never classified as "gene therapy". Stop spreading outright lies and complete garbage. You have no idea what "gene therapy" is. Your comment should be deleted. It is a flat out lie.


John
Registered user
Birdland
on Jun 21, 2022 at 6:42 pm
John, Birdland
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 6:42 pm

BobB is back. Wash your hands, wear a mask and socially distance. I guess Fauci did not follow your advice. The vaccine is much close to gene therapy than an actual vaccine as most of are familiar with such as flu, mumps etc. Just stay home BobB and you will be okay.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2022 at 7:27 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 7:27 pm

There is no "closer to gene therapy". They just aren't gene therapy.


Dena
Registered user
Walnut Hills
on Jun 22, 2022 at 9:49 am
Dena, Walnut Hills
Registered user
on Jun 22, 2022 at 9:49 am

1) I said children. Covid took down old and sickly people but the rate of serious infection for under 18 was near zero. (Proof: Web Link

Oh so your okay with the "older and sickly" dying at an alarming rate? I would bet a lot of those people got sick because small unvaccinated children brought the virus home.

2) If true, why did Alameda county bring back mask mandates? The county heavily vaxxed, yet you're still wearing a mask years later LOL

The mask mandate is back because the infection rate is steadily rising this is not rocket science

IF you want to jab up your 1 year old for omicron (mild) go for it.

Will do - but don't get me wrong I'm perfectly fine with people choosing not to vaccinate or wear a mask and then paying the ultimate price by dying -- it's just all the people they expose on their way out that bothers me


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