FDA, CDC approve administration of COVID-19 vaccine to young children

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An independent panel of advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, voted Saturday to recommend vaccinating young children with COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by either Moderna or Pfizer, as first reported by NPR.

The vote comes after a previous vote from the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday, which unanimously approved the administration of the Moderna vaccine to children aged six months to five years, while Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for children aged six months to four years.

The CDC’s advisory panel also voted unanimously in favor of the CDC’s recommendation of both vaccines. According to NPR, many providers have already preordered vaccines and will be ready to administer them as early as this week.

According to the city of Berkeley’s website, COVID-19 vaccines are most accessible at local pharmacies, such as at CVS, Safeway and Walgreens.

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