COVID Vaccines For Youngsters Available

Starting this week, parents across the nation can get their children as young as 6 months old vaccinated against COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSRW) found Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children ages 6 months through 4 years to be safe and effective.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to their health care provider or pediatrician about which vaccine is right for their child, or call 211.

The FDA also authorized for emergency use Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6–17 years. The CDC’s independent advisory committee is slated to meet June 23 to discuss recommendation of this vaccine.

Current COVID-19 vaccine and booster guidance for children and teenagers can be found here.

If you need help finding a location near you to get your child vaccinated, check out Get Vaccinated Oregon and look for sites that carry pediatric vaccines, or call 211. Please note shipments of these new vaccines to providers began yesterday, June 20, and not every provider or clinic will have them in stock immediately.

Click the image below for a full comparison of the two new pediatric COVID-19 vaccines. 

A chart that compares the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for young children.

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