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Monumental step: Biden on CDC's nod on Covid vaccines for kids under 5

US President Joe Biden called the announcement of the CDC to recommend the first Covid vaccines for kids under the age of five, a monumental step forward in the nation's fight against the virus

US President Joe Biden takes off his protective face mask worn due to the coronavirus pandemic as he arrives to speak during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City (Photo: Reuters)

US President Joe Biden (Photo: Reuters)

US President Joe Biden on Saturday called the announcement of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend the first COVID 19 vaccines for kids under the age of five, a monumental step forward in the nation's fight against the virus.
"For parents all over the country, this is a day of relief and celebration. As the first country to protect our youngest children with COVID 19 vaccines, my Administration has been planning and preparing for this moment for months, effectively securing doses and offering safe and highly effective mRNA vaccines for all children as young as six months old," he said.
He said that with this, every American now is eligible for the protections that COVID 19 vaccines provide and the country is ready to build on the progress of the historic vaccination program that has resulted in over 220 million Americans fully vaccinated, more than 100 million Americans boosted, and over 2 million American lives saved.
He further said that the parents can make appointments for the vaccine at places like paediatricians' offices, children's hospitals, and pharmacies.
"In the coming weeks, every parent who wants a vaccine will be able to get one. As the vaccination program ramps up, will be live next week with vaccine availability and appointments increasing throughout the week," he added.
Biden assured that the vaccines are safe, highly effective, and will give parents the peace of mind of knowing their child is protected from the worst outcomes of COVID-19.
"If you are a parent who wants to protect your child, I urge you to speak with your child's paediatrician and make a plan to get your child vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available to you," he said.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky termed it an important step in the fight against COVID 19 and said that the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines available here in the US can be used safely and effectively in children under five.
She encouraged the parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID 19 and said that with this recent authorization from FDA and recommendation from CDC, nearly 20 million children are now able to get vaccinated against COVID 19.
The US regulators, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized and recommended the first COVID-19 vaccines for kids under the age of five.
An official statement from the CDC said that the parents and caregivers can now get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19. All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.
The CDC recommended parents and caregivers to sign in personalized and confidential health check-ins via text messages and web surveys for their children, in order to monitor the safety of the vaccines.
With this, they can easily share with CDC how a child feels after getting a COVID 19 vaccine, read the official statement.

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First Published: Jun 19 2022 | 8:23 AM IST

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