For kids under 5, COVID vaccine needs one last approval

Ohio Department of Health talks about what parents need to know.
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 10:44 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - They are the last group not approved for the COVID-19 vaccine from either Moderna or Pfizer, but that could change this week.

On Wednesday, the FDA approved vaccines for those children 6 months to 5 years old, which makes up about 18 million people.

It is now up to a CDC panel, who meets Friday and Saturday for final approval.

Many families are living in “divided households” where parents and older children are vaccinated, but not toddlers and babies.

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a poll that said only about 18% of parents, or one in five, would get their 5-and-under child vaccinated as soon as it was approved by the CDC.

Ultimately, parents should check with their child’s doctor to see what is best for their child.

On Thursday, Dr. Bruce Vandehoff, the director of the Ohio Department of Health, held a news conference to help parents understand the process and the value of getting young children vaccinated.

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