L.A. County will offer COVID vaccines to children under five

Los Angeles County will offer COVID-19 vaccinations. After a final approval, infants and young kids 6 months through 5 years of age next week will be accepted.

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVID-19 shots for kids under age 5 following its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will next meet on Friday and Saturday and are expected to recommend the shots.

Once the CDC’s director gives its final approval for Pfizer’s three-dose vaccine for children age 6 months through 4 years, and Moderna’s two-dose vaccines for children age 6 months through age 5, L.A. County will starting making the shots widely available, the Department of Public Health said Friday.

“The development and approval of the vaccines for children under age 5 have gone through a rigorous evaluation and approval process as with all other routine childhood vaccines,” Barbara Ferrer is Director of Public Health.

The county stated that it expects the vaccines be available as soon as possible. As soon as possible, June 21

Since some of the county’s 900 Although vaccination sites are licensed only to administer vaccines to children aged 3 and over, parents are advised to contact them ahead of time to verify hours and availability. Parents may visit VaccinateLACounty.comFind out the locations and times of clinics that offer COVID-19 vaccines to children.

“As we have seen with adults, children can experience short and long-term health problems from COVID-19,” Ferrer said. “Vaccinations are a proven safety measure that protect your entire family, including now your youngest children, from severe illness and death from COVID.”

The Public Health Department stated that children who are not vaccinated have a greater chance of becoming very sick or experiencing the worst COVID-19 outcomes. In L.A. County, children aged 12-17 years old were almost four times more likely than those who had been vaccinated in the three previous months to be admitted to the hospital.

Multisystem Inflammatory syndrome in Children (MISC) is also possible for unvaccinated children. About 65% of confirmed cases of MISC in the county came from children younger than 4.

Next week, a separate CDC meeting will focus on the Moderna vaccine.

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