COVID-19 Vaccines Start For Kids Under Five, Here’s What Families Should Know

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NEW YORK – If you have kids six months through five-years-old in your family, they can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

This week, some pharmacies and healthcare providers are starting to receive doses for that age group. 

To get the word out, the Biden Administration and health officials are participating in launch events today. Here’s what experts say you should know to protect your family. 

The CDC and FDA say kids as young as six months can get Moderna or Pfizer shots. Some parents are hesitant because children tend to have milder COVID symptoms than adults. 

But the White House COVID coordinator says the better comparison is to other illnesses for which kids are vaccinated.  

Another consideration is that kids with COVID can infect people at higher risk of complications. 

Common side effects of the children’s vaccines are pain, swelling or redness at the injection site; and feeling tired. The less-common potential side effects are mild and tend to pass quickly. 

Experts say unless a child just recovered from COVID, they should get the jabs. 


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