June 27, 2022
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children
CDC endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are eligible for vaccination.
Parents and caregivers can get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19. All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines have undergone—and will continue to undergo—the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Parents and caregivers can play an active role in monitoring the safety of these vaccines by signing their children up for V-safe – 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.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens
For answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination in children and teens, visit Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens.
• Benefits of Vaccinating Your Child
• Safety of COVID-19 Vaccination for Children
• Getting Children Vaccinated
Information for parents and caregivers of children ages 6 months and older is also available at: 6 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children
CDC Recommends Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Adolescents
CDC endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine be used as an option for children ages 6 through 17 years, in addition to its already recommended use in children 6 months through 5 years and adults 18 years and older.
This recommendation reinforces the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine as an important tool in the pandemic and provides another vaccine option for children and adolescents. The ACIP recommendation comes after a thorough review of the scientific evidence demonstrating safety and efficacy and supports the use of the vaccine among those 6 through 17 years of age.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
It’s the moment many parents have been waiting for: Children ages 6 months and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.