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CDC approves COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5

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    CDC approves COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5

    On June 18, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years old, following a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This approval now expands vaccine eligibility for the use of the two primary COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – to nearly 20 million additional children, and makes all Americans aged 6 months and older eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.  

    The White House has indicated that the federal government has an initial supply of approximately 10 million doses of pediatric vaccines, for which states began placing orders last month. CDC has indicated that the distribution of pediatric vaccinations for children aged 5 and under has already begun and shots will be available at local pediatric practices, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments, clinics and other locations as early as June 20. Earlier this month, the agency updated it’s Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Operational Planning Guide with information on dosage ordering and a pediatric readiness checklist for local distribution.  

    As key providers of local public health services and frontline service providers for the medically vulnerable, counties have supported the administration of nearly 600 million vaccinations in the United States to date and will continue to play an essential role in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.  

    Additional Resources  

    • NACo Brief: The County Role in Vaccines
    • NACo Blog: CDC authorizes COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 in age
    • NACo Blog: CDC endorses COVID booster shots for adults 18 and up
    On June 18, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years old, following a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    2022-06-21
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    2022-06-21
CDC approves COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years Vaccine doses were shipped out to pediatrician offices on June 17 with vaccinations beginning the week of June 20 Counties have supported the administration of nearly 600 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. to date and will continue to play an essential role

On June 18, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years old, following a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This approval now expands vaccine eligibility for the use of the two primary COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – to nearly 20 million additional children, and makes all Americans aged 6 months and older eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.  

The White House has indicated that the federal government has an initial supply of approximately 10 million doses of pediatric vaccines, for which states began placing orders last month. CDC has indicated that the distribution of pediatric vaccinations for children aged 5 and under has already begun and shots will be available at local pediatric practices, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments, clinics and other locations as early as June 20. Earlier this month, the agency updated it’s Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Operational Planning Guide with information on dosage ordering and a pediatric readiness checklist for local distribution.  

As key providers of local public health services and frontline service providers for the medically vulnerable, counties have supported the administration of nearly 600 million vaccinations in the United States to date and will continue to play an essential role in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.  

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