Dec 7, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Are children under 5 getting vaccinated?

The United States has approved the Covid-19 vaccination for children under the age of five.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended vaccination and the administration of booster shots for children in infancy six Months to five years after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves emergency use of the Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech vaccines for this age group.

< span>The FDA announced that it has amended the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Moderna vaccine to include its use in individuals in this cohort.

The vaccine was approved for use in adults aged 18 and over.

Similarly, the amended EUA for the Pfizer Vaccine for children aged six months to four years. It was previously approved for use in children aged five yearsand older.

The eligible cohort will receive two doses of the Moderna vaccine, given in two doses a month apart. The Pfizer vaccine will be given in three doses, with the first two doses given three weeks apart, followed by a third dose given at least eight weeks after the second dose in the youngest cohort.

FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf said the vaccines would prevent serious illness and hospitalization if infected with Covid-19.

“Many parents, carers and doctors have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children, and this measure will help protect children up to six months of age. As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that younger children’s vaccines will provide protection against the most serious consequences of Covid-19, such as hospitalization and death.”

In SA, the Department of Health is administering to people aged 12 and over years of vaccines.

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