COVID-19 vaccines now available for kids under 5

COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months old are being made available as of Tuesday.

CDC officials say all eligible children, including those who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated to provide protections against hospitalizations, death, and possible long-term complications.

Fever, fatigue and swelling at the injection site are possible side effects of the vaccine, but health officials say the shot is safe.

“What I say to parents is we are lucky to have two choices. They’re both exceedingly safe. They’re both effective,” White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said

Parents and caregivers can choose from either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

The Moderna vaccine can be given to children between 6 months and 5 years old. It will require two doses spaced four weeks apart.

The child-size dose of Moderna is about 25% of an adult dose.

The Pfizer vaccine can be given to children between 6 months and 4 years old.  It will require three doses, with the first two spaced three weeks apart. The third dose should be given eight weeks later.

The child-size dose of Pfizer is about 10% of an adult dose.

President Joe Biden is expected to speak about the vaccine rollout at 7 a.m.

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