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COVID Vaccine Safety for Kids Under 5

What should parents know about COVID vaccine safety for kids under 5?

Illustration of a family and a hand holding a vaccine vial with virus particles around, symbolizing protection against disease.

The FDA has conducted a very careful and thorough review of the safety and effectiveness vaccine data for children under age 5—and I'm confident that the FDA authorization means we can ensure that either vaccine will do its job, safely and effectively.


The vaccines for our littlest ones are comprised of much smaller doses than the adult vaccines—Moderna’s is two doses (each a quarter of the adult dose) one month apart for kids 6 months to 5 years and Pfizer’s is three doses (each a tenth of the adult dose) over 11 weeks for kids 6 months to 4 years. Both vaccine regimens showed similar antibody responses in kids as in the adult studies. No
significant safety concerns were raised in the trials—and we also now know that millions of children over the age of 5 have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine.


The bottom line: I have confidence in these vaccines’ ability to significantly and safely reduce the risk of serious harm from COVID-19 for our littlest ones—and that’s why I’m planning to get my youngest daughter vaccinated as soon as possible, with either regimen that’s available.


COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5 will first be available in Mineral County on June 28th by the State Vaccine bus in the clinic parking lot from 10 AM-6 PM. Subsequent doses of both formulations will be available at the Mineral County Public Health office.



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