​FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 5 & Under: Welcome News for Parents by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

​FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 5 & Under: Welcome News for Parents

On June 17, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization of the both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 years of age. Dr. Diego R. Hijano, a top infectious disease specialist at the nation’s premier pediatric cancer institution, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, called it “welcome news for millions of parents and children still waiting for the most effective, proven protection from severe illness and hospitalizations resulting from the COVID-19 virus.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. general population is now over 70 percent fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The emergency authorization will continue to help boost herd immunity in the U.S. population.

“Children under the age of 5 are the last group to become eligible for the COVID vaccine, today’s news should offer reassurance to millions of parents who have been waiting to protect their children against this harmful virus,” said Dr. Hijano. “Today’s message for parents is do not wait to get your child vaccinated and protected against the COVID virus. Model projections forecast a potentially difficult fall infection season and while children are on summer break, now is the time to schedule their vaccine appointment. The COVID vaccine will provide children with the highest levels of antibody protection and overwhelmingly reduce the potential for hospitalizations and severe illness.”

Dr. Hijano also continued to suggest prevention practices, like masking up, keeping your distance and washing your hands to protect vulnerable children who may be vaccinated, but also immunocompromised

The content on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information on this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider. The opinions or views expressed on 30Seconds.com do not necessarily represent those of 30Seconds or any of its employees, corporate partners or affiliates.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community, and follow us on Facebook to get inspiration in your newsfeed daily. Inspire and be inspired.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

My 11-Year-Old's First COVID-19 Vaccine: Our Experience & His Advice for Other Kids

COVID-19 Vaccines for Special Needs Children: Vaccination Considerations for Parents of Special Needs Kids

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids: With Millions of Kids Eligible to Get the Vaccine, St. Jude Top Doctors Say Now Is the Time to Get Vaccinated

I Am Immune-Compromised With Several Underlying Health Conditions & Got the COVID-19 Vaccine: Here’s What Happened

Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This is welcome news for parents, especially knowing the predictions for the fall are pretty bad, just as kids are returning to school. Hopefully the vaccine will help protect kids and those around them!
Tribe
Finally! So glad to hear this!
Cassiday
Let’s hope this helps protect kids and help us turn the corner on this terrible pandemic.

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

How to Treat Chigger Bites: Ways to Prevent Chiggers From Biting You & Some Treatments to Avoid

Good Gut Health: 4 Ways Gut Health Affects More Than Just Digestion

Schaffner Report on COVID-19 Vaccine for Young Kids: Leading Infectious Disease Expert Answers Common Questions

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!