Washington preps for kids under 5 to get COVID vaccine

King County Public Health is preparing resources in the event vaccine formulas are finally approved.

SEATTLE — Pediatricians and public health officials are preparing for the possible availability of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old.

If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup give their approval, vaccines for this age group could be available as early as next week, the Washington State Department of Health said.

The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first vaccines for infants and preschoolers.

There are two formulas pending approval — a three-dose Pfizer set and a two-dose Moderna option.

“I really look forward to families,” said Dr. Beth Ebel, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. “To me, getting your child vaccinated means we can get back to normal. I’m looking for people who can take their kids to school and daycare, and how many of us split time between kids and grandparents?”

Ebel said she’s heard from parents who have been waiting for this day and from those who are still weighing their options.

“Parents have questions,” said Ebel. “You read a lot. You’ve been listening to things from relatives. We love questions – bring them on. The best parents have questions because they care. We are your partner. We are here with you and your child to keep him or her healthy throughout their lives.”

Families can visit the Washington Vaccine Locator for information on where to get their child vaccinated, including the option to sort the list by age group, according to the DOH.

Public Health – Seattle & King County delivered this statement with insights from Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeff Duchin:

We are grateful to be one step closer to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years. With FDA approval on June 17, review of these vaccines will now go to the CDC and then to a Western States Pact panel before they are available to King County residents. We don’t expect CDC recommendations and guidance for this age group to be ready until June 19 at the earliest, but it could be 1-2 days later. Vaccination centers are awaiting supplies and are shifting operations to cater for the youngest patients, so not all immunization centers will be immediately ready to provide vaccinations for this age group. Vaccination appointments should be more readily available after a few weeks.

“Most children who develop COVID-19 recover uneventfully, but some develop serious illness, complications, and rarely death,” shares Dr. Jeff Duchin, Public Health Officer – Seattle & King County their lives and families are disrupted by outbreaks in schools, day care centers and other activities.

“Children aged 6 months to 4 years have higher rates of emergency room visits and hospitalizations than older children, most of whom have no underlying medical conditions. In fact, COVID-19 causes more hospitalizations in children aged 6 months to 4 years than other diseases that we routinely vaccinate young children against, such as varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis A, and invasive pneumococcal disease).

“And although deaths in young children are relatively rare compared to adults, COVID-19 causes more deaths per year in children aged 6 months to 4 years than many other diseases before we started vaccinating young children to stop them.” and is one of the leading causes of death in children aged 6 months to 4 years.”

We know that many people have been eagerly awaiting the availability of these vaccines, including parents who want to do whatever they can to protect their families. King County is striving for systems and coordination to ensure these vaccines are accessible, including working with pediatric providers, schools and ensuring families and childcare providers have the most up-to-date information they need.

“Vaccines are the most important way to protect against severe COVID-19,” continues Dr. Jeff Duchin away. “Relatively high vaccination rates among older adults have contributed enormously to reducing serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths. We are relieved that the benefits of vaccination are now available to younger people children and we look forward to a rapid review and recommendations from the CDC’s ACIP so that we can begin making these vaccines available in our community as soon as possible.”

After the CDC recommended the vaccines, parents should check with their child’s pediatrician or clinic, or kingcounty.gov/vaccine, for appointments. Children this age require a little more time and care to vaccinate, hence most vaccinations only by appointment.

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