CDC Panel Unanimously Recommends COVID Vaccines For Young Children

Headline Roundup June 18th, 2022

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee unanimously voted Saturday to recommend both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old.

Pfizer’s vaccine has been readily available to kids over 5, while Moderna’s has been available to anyone ages 18 and older. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky approved the advice later that day, meaning parents will have the choice to vaccinate their young children as early as next week. Among children under 5, the CDC has reported over 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, over 20,000 hospitalizations and over 200 deaths in the U.S.

Parents across the spectrum have been divided on whether to follow the CDC's recommendation and get their children vaccinated. Some voices believe the benefits seem to "clearly outweigh" the risks, while others have raised concerns about the vaccines’ "safety and efficacy."

Left-rated outlets were more likely to label this news as a "milestone in the U.S. vaccination campaign" and accentuate how these vaccines have been found to be "safe and effective in randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials." Some right-rated outlets emphasized that the trials were "funded by the companies themselves" and based on "controversial" techniques that don't efficiently measure "protection against severe illness."

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Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 18 backed COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months of age.

The advisers unanimously voted to advise the CDC to recommend all children, save for those who have contraindications to the vaccines, from 6 months through 5 years of age get the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, both of which are built on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will now decide whether or not to accept the advice.

The advisory panel’s vote is the third step of a...

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A key CDC advisory committee unanimously voted to support a recommendation that Moderna and Pfizer COVID shots be allowed for children as young as six months old.

Why it matters: If CDC Director Rochelle Walensky agrees, the shots could be in little arms as early as next week.

Zoom in: The shots received emergency use authorization by the FDA on Friday after being considered by an FDA advisory committee earlier in the week. The FDA says the pediatric dose of Moderna COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine may trigger an immune response "slightly more rapidly" than the...

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee on Saturday endorsed Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines for young children, the last step before Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky can issue her final signoff.

The unanimous recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices followed the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of the shots on Friday.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee on Saturday endorsed Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines for young children, the last step before Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky can issue her final signoff.

The unanimous...

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