With COVID-19 still around, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has released a vaccine update urging parents to vaccinate their children, as young as 6 months old.
According to a press release uploaded onto the CDC website on Saturday, June 18, 2022, the CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H. supported the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation urging that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should be vaccinated for COVID-19.
The latest update has expanded the eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children, further meaning that all Americans ages 6 months and older are now eligible for coronavirus vaccination.
The CDC press release explained that parents and caregivers are now permitted and urged to better safeguard their children — who are 6 months through 5 years (and older) — from COVID-19 by having them vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
The CDC also recommends that all children, including those who have already been diagnosed with COVID-19 previously, should ensure they are vaccinated.
To those parents and caregivers who are apprehensive and reluctant to get their children vaccinated by any of the available or previously mentioned recommended vaccines, the CDC leaves behind some reassurance.
On their newest press release, the CDC reminded readers that the “COVID-19 vaccines have all undergone, and will continue to undergo, the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.”
The release also suggests that parents and caregivers “play an active role in monitoring the safety of these vaccines by signing their children up for v-safe.”
V-Safe is described as “a personalized and confidential health check-ins via text messages and web surveys where they can easily share with CDC how a child feels after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.”
The CDC suggest that parents and caregivers can reach out to their doctors, nurses, local pharmacies or health departments to find out more information on where to get their children vaccinated.
They also informed that distribution of pediatric vaccinations for the younger children and infants has already begun to roll out across the country.
Thousands of pediatric practices, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments, clinics and more have already seen and administered doses to young children and infants since the CDC’s latest COVID-19 vaccine eligibility update.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky also said:
“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19.
We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can.
I encourage parents and caregivers with questions to talk to their doctor, nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.”