In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to make children 6 months to 5 years old eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra released a statement on this major step to protect our youngest children in the country during the pandemic. The CDC’s recommendation follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) clearance of Moderna’s vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old and Pfizer’s vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old.
“Thanks to the FDA and CDC’s rigorous, comprehensive, and independent review of the data, and their strict commitment to following the science, we are reaching another major milestone in our efforts to protect more children, their families, and our communities as we work to end the pandemic. We are tracking data and science to ensure that all Americans are eligible for and have access to COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to prevent serious illness and save lives. Based on the actions of the CDC and the FDA, we now know that vaccination for our children 6 months to 5 years old is safe and effective and we are ready to vaccinate millions of children.
“We are working with states, localities, pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals, pharmacies and other trusted health care providers to ensure equitable access to the vaccine for our country’s youngest children. We know that many families are trying to decide what is right for them, and we encourage anyone looking for additional information to speak with a doctor or health care provider to get the facts.COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect you and your loved ones from serious illness, hospitalization and death. Now we have another opportunity to get ahead of this pandemic and protect our country’s youngest children, and the Biden-Harris administration will continue to work every day to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19.”