Babies and toddlers could be vaccinated soon in Washington state

King County officials said parents could get the vaccine for their little ones as early as April 23.

KING COUNTY, Wash. – Babies, toddlers and preschoolers could soon receive the COVID-19 vaccine in just a week.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light on Wednesday and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were able to sign off as early as this weekend.

There is currently no vaccine for children under the age of five. Some parents said they had been waiting for this moment.

“I think it’s a great thing,” said parent Corbin Johnson, Johnson said as he cradled his infant daughter in his arms. “I think they won’t approve of it that early if it doesn’t support a lot of science. She just got vaccinated two days ago for 11 other things, so we’re very pro-vaccinations.”

In May, the FDA approved vaccination of children ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19.

Moderna vaccines were also added to the same age group on Tuesday. This weekend it is possible that the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine will be available for children as young as six months old.

“The potential benefit of vaccination for a young child absolutely outweighs the risk they face from not being vaccinated and potentially catching COVID-19,” said pediatrician John Dunn.

Dunn said he fully understands why some parents are reluctant to vaccinate their babies or young children. However, he also stressed that the vaccine is still the most effective remedy against COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, less likely doesn’t mean zero,” Dunn said. “We are actually still seeing COVID-19 infections. In fact, we see a lot of COVID-19 infections in young children, and we do [see] serious infections, more than some people think.”

King County public health officials said parents could see the vaccine for their little ones being available at sites as early as June 23. More vaccines will be readily available in a few weeks, health officials said.

“A lot of the people we speak to are all very excited,” said mother Anna Johnson. “We’ve been waiting for this because it’s hard to go out when the immune system is so vulnerable. Finally having the vaccine so that she can finally be protected is such a gift.”

The dose of Moderna and Pfizer differs for children from six months of age.

Moderna is two doses about a month each and Pfizer is three doses over 11 weeks.

Follow King County Public Health for the latest updates. Babies and toddlers could be vaccinated soon in Washington state

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