COVID-19 vaccinations approved for children under 5 years old

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Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 4:44 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - CDC and FDA approval has been granted for COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5-years-old.

On Friday, the CDC and the FDA approved administration of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to children under the age of five.

This comes more than a year-and-a-half after the initial distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Medical professionals hope this makes communities one step closer to reaching some form of herd immunity.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Fares Khater said the vaccine that was suitable for children under 5 years went through a long and vigorous process of ensuring efficacy, outcome and safety.

”We are still seeing a lot of kids getting sick with COVID-19. You know, kids can get sick too and kids have a good immune system, but that does not mean that the majority or one hundred percent will be okay, there are still some kids that are gonna be sicker than others,” said Dr. Khater.

Assistant Director of LKLP Head Start in Hazard, Justin Collett, said COVID has prevented several families from enrolling their kids in Head Start programs, so he hopes vaccine eligibility can change that.

“We just hope that now that more measures are in place to protect our children, that more families will send their children to head start and early head start because early childhood education is so important,” said Collett.

Dr. Khater said similar side effects can be seen with the children’s vaccine that are seen with the adults, including fatigue, headache and redness or swelling of the injection site.

Dr. Khater added your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician should still follow up with you and your child after administering the vaccine to ensure everything is going smoothly.

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