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COVID Vaccines For Under-Fives Could Be Available In Next Few Weeks, White House Says

COVID Vaccines For Under-Fives Could Be Available In Next Few Weeks, White House Says

Adults have been able to utilize vaccination, including booster shots, to protect themselves from COVID-19, and from the devastating long-term effects of long COVID, since December of 2020. The shots were first rolled out to those most vulnerable, older patients and those with compromised immune systems. Since then, the vaccine has gradually become more available, first to all adults, then to older kids, and finally to children over five.

A nurse administers a pediatric dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a girl at a L.A. Care Health Plan vaccination clinic at Los Angeles Mission College in the Sylmar neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2022. – While cases of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise in California, officials are seeing early signs that the Omicron surge is slowing. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Now the youngest age demographic could soon gain access to the live-saving preventative measure, according to the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha. He says that the application for approval has been completed for Moderna vaccines for kids aged five and under, and that the FDA is examining the findings.

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“My expectation,” Dr. Jha says, “Is that as soon as that analysis [of Moderna vaccine data] is done, probably within the next few weeks, we’re going to get that expert outside committee, VRBPAC [Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee], and then after that, the FDA is going to make a decision. My hope is that it’s going to be coming in the next few weeks.”

Parents across the nation are waiting to be able to protect their youngest children, especially the medically vulnerable, from COVID-19. According to KFF, about 18% of parents of children under age five say that they plan to vaccinate their kids against the virus when the FDA approves it. Another 38% remain open to vaccination but are waiting for more information before making a decision.

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