Jun 09, 2022
By Jane Brown
Word from the White House millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been ordered for small children in anticipation of federal authorization in the U.S. next week.
Young children, between 6 months and 4 years of age, are the last group of Americans who’ve yet to be recommended to get COVID vaccinations.
And when approved, it’s not clear how popular the shots will be among parents.
A recent survey suggests only 1 in 5 parents of young children would get their little ones vaccinated right away.
Pfizer has asked the FDA to authorize two shots for kids ages 6 months to 4 years. Each dose is one-tenth of the amount adults receive.
Moderna has asked the FDA to authorize two shots for kids ages 6 months to 5 years, each containing a quarter of the dose given to adults.
The Food and Drug Administration authorizes use of vaccines, while the Centers for disease Control and Prevention issues recommendations to doctors and the public about using them.
Vaccinations of the youngest people could be offered in the U.S. as early as June 21st.
Typically, health regulators in Canada follow suit following approval in the U.S.