The Covid-19 vaccines from the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are now authorized for emergency use in young children. The vaccines are now authorized for emergency use in children as young as 6 months.
Though the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccine, the CDC vaccine advisors have a vote scheduled on Saturday on whether to recommend them. The White House said the vaccinations for younger children may begin next week.
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is authorized for use in children 6 months through 4 years and Moderna’s vaccine is now authorized for use in children 6 months through 17 years.
Previously, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was authorized for people 5 and older and Moderna’s vaccine was authorized only for adults.