Children as young as THREE are among the first under fives in America to get the jab
Children as young as three have been given the Covid vaccine in their arms after the Center for Disease Control approved it and recommended it for babies as young as 6 months.
A nationwide rollout to vaccinate children under five began today, although state-level reports show that 0.00-0.02 percent of all Covid-19 cases in children resulted in death.
Parents lined up to take their children to doctors in Pennsylvania who ran a clinic to have them vaccinated with the Moderna shot, which a panel of CDC advisers voted unanimously to approve 12-0 on Saturday.
The US joins China, Bahrain, Cuba and Venezuela on a motley list of countries vaccinating their children under five.
The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Moderna Inc.’s injection for children aged six months to five years and Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children aged six months to four years. Pfizer’s vaccine is already approved for children over the age of five.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky couldn’t keep the smile from her face when she officially signed the Covid-19 vaccines for babies as young as six months old.
Jade O’Brien, 4, receives the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
A 3-year-old gets the Moderna vaccine. A nationwide rollout to vaccinate children under five began today, although state-level reports show that 0.00-0.02 percent of all cases of COVID-19 in children resulted in death
Parents lined up to take their kids to doctors in Pennsylvania who ran a clinic to get them vaccinated with the Moderna shot, which a panel of CDC advisers voted unanimously to approve 12-0 on Saturday.
The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Moderna Inc.’s injection for children aged six months to five years and Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children aged six months to four years. Pfizer’s vaccine is already approved for children over the age of five
After the approval, Walensky posted a clip on Twitter in which she said: ‘Almost 20 million children can now be vaccinated against Covid-19. I know that many parents with very young children have anticipated this day.’
Walensky continued, “We now know, based on thorough scientific research, that the vaccines that can be used here in the United States can be used safely and effectively in children under the age of five. Vaccinating children is a crucial opportunity to protect them from hospitalization and death from Covid-19.”
Just over half of the parents of children in this age group say they have insufficient information about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines for children under the age of 5.
Poll for KFF found that only about one in five parents of children under the age of 5 (18%) would like to have their child vaccinated right away, while a higher proportion (38%) say they will wait a little longer to see how the vaccine works for others.
About four in ten parents of children under 5 are more reluctant to have their child vaccinated, with 27% saying they will ‘definitely not’ have their child vaccinated and 11% saying they will only do so when necessary .
For children aged one to four years, Covid-19 is the fifth leading cause of death.
The same data says that hospitalizations for that age group peaked in December 2021 at the height of the Omicron wave.
But for the vast majority of children infected with COVID, the symptoms are exceptionally mild.
Nina Jayawickreme, 4, appears to be writhing as she gets her injection from Dr. Mayank Amino
Conversely, young children are at risk for a rare but potentially serious — and even fatal — heart infection associated with COVID vaccines called myocarditis.
Millions of American children have already been infected with COVID and recovered, further complicating the issue as an infection is believed to leave people with at least a few months of immunity.
That has left many parents considering whether to vaccinate their child, although experts have urged them to do so.
The injection will also be welcomed by parents under the age of five with underlying conditions that leave the vulnerable to potentially serious side effects of COVID.
And the virus itself has also been found to have caused a rare but serious inflammatory disease called MIS-C, meaning some parents may choose to give their children the shot to protect them from that condition.
In a statement, Walensky said: “Together, with science in charge, we have taken another important step forward in our country’s fight against COVID-19.”
The director added: ‘We know that millions of parents and carers would like to have their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision they can.’
“I encourage parents and carers to talk to their doctor, nurse or local pharmacist with questions to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.”
According to the CDC’s own statistics, 442 children aged four and under have died in the US from Covid-19
In her statement, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said: ‘Together, with science leading the way, we have taken another important step forward in our country’s fight against COVID-19’
Covid-19 is the fifth leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 4.
President Joe Biden has said the national rollout for children will begin after the holiday weekend
“This infection is killing children and we have a chance to prevent that,” Beth Bell, one of the doctors on the CDC panel, said after the vote. “Here’s an opportunity to avoid a known risk.”
The administration of President Joe Biden plans to roll out the vaccines to the under-five age groups starting today after the June holiday weekend.
“We will begin shipping millions of childhood vaccine doses to thousands of locations that parents know and trust — including pediatric practices, children’s hospitals and pharmacies,” Biden said in a statement on Friday.
“Once the doses are delivered, parents can start planning vaccinations for their youngest children as early as next week, with appointments in the days and weeks to come.”
Biden’s Covid Czar, Dr. Ashish Jha, has said that ten million doses will be available for babies and children.
According to the census agency, there are 20 million children between the ages of six months and five years in the United States.
Production of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 in Puurs, Belgium
Biden’s Covid Czar, Dr. Ashish Jha, has said there will be 10 million doses available for babies and children
dr. Matthew Daley, a senior clinician researcher at Kaiser Permanente’s Institute of Health Research, said Friday that those over the age of five who have not been vaccinated are ten times more likely to die from Covid-19.
dr. Daley did not say what the death rates were for unvaccinated children under five.
While many parents in the United States would like to vaccinate their children, it is unclear how big the demand for the injections will be.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved in October for children ages five to 11, but only about 29% of that group have been fully vaccinated so far, federal data shows.
CVS Health Corp plans to provide vaccines to children 18 months and older, while Rite Aid Corp and Walmart Inc plan to offer these injections to children who are at least three years old. Infants are traditionally vaccinated at a doctor’s office.
Public health officials have pushed for vaccinations for children ahead of the new school year, as they hope that age-group injections will help prevent hospitalizations and deaths if the number of COVID-19 cases rises again.
The CDC advisors will meet again next week to consider whether to support the use of the Moderna vaccine for children and adolescents ages six to 17.
There has been some concern about the rate of rare cases of heart inflammation in teenage boys and young men on the Moderna vaccine, and consultants are expected to consider that data.