The FDA and CDC recently approved COVID-19 Vaccinations for children aged 6 months to 4 years
Why should kids get vaccinated, they don’t even get that sick?
While most young children don’t suffer severe illness due to a COVID-19 infection, novel variants can quickly take advantage of unprotected populations. During the Omicron surge, there was a 5x increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in children aged 0-4 years. Not only does vaccination protect young children from illness, it also protects families, communities, and schools by decreasing the prevalence of COVID-19 as a whole.
Your situation may vary, please consult with your physician to discuss your specific medical circumstances.
- Both Pfizer and Moderna were approved for administration in children aged 6 months – 4 years.
- Pfizer is a 3 dose series, 3 weeks between the first two doses and 2 months after for the 3rd; Moderna is a 2 dose series administered 4 weeks apart.
- Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for use in young children. Not all providers will offer both vaccines.
- The Pfizer reformulation is 1/10 the adult dose, and Moderna’s reformulation is 1/4th the adult dose.
Which vaccine should my child get?
Both vaccines have been found safe and effective at reducing the risk of severe COVID-19 infection in this age group. It is likely that in the future children who receive the Moderna dose will also need a 3rd ‘booster’ dose. Please consult with your pediatrician regarding any specific medical concerns, but the best vaccine to get is the first one you can get.
Where can I schedule my vaccine appointment?
There are many vaccination opportunities within the Roaring Fork Valley. Please think about what the best possible environment is for your child to receive a vaccine.
- Many pediatric care physicians are administering COVID-19 vaccinations; call yours today to see if you can schedule your child’s vaccination appointment.
- Local public health departments and public clinics are being held throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. You can see upcoming clinics in Pitkin County and find information on vaccination providers in the area on the Clinic Information page.