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Kaiser Permanente starts COVID vaccines for children under 5 years old

Starting this week, Kaiser Permanente is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 6 months to 5 years. Approval follows the latest recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Food and Drug Administration recently determined the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine both met the criteria for emergency use in children. The known and potential benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine in people under the age of five outweigh the known and potential risks, Kaiser Permanente officials said. According to an email to policyholders from Kaiser regarding children’s doses: Pfizer contains three doses for children aged 6 months to 4 years. The second dose should be given three weeks after the first and the third dose at least eight weeks after the second. Moderna contains two doses for children aged 6 months to 5 years. The second dose should be given one month after the first. California has reserved nearly 400,000 doses for newly eligible children. More than 2 million children are now eligible for the vaccine in the state. Kaiser said vaccinating this age group is critical to further protect our community from the effects of the pandemic. Vaccinating appropriate children can help prevent them from actually getting sick, even if they do become infected, and prevent serious short- and long-term complications of COVID-19. Vaccinating children can also give parents more confidence in their children’s participation in childcare, school, and other activities, Kaiser said.

Starting this week, Kaiser Permanente is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Approval follows the latest recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Food and Drug Administration recently determined that Pfizer’s vaccine and Moderna’s vaccine both meet the criteria for emergency use in children.

The known and potential benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine in people under the age of five outweigh the known and potential risks, Kaiser Permanente officials said.

According to an email sent to Kaiser policyholders regarding child doses:

  • Pfizer contains three doses for children aged 6 months to 4 years. The second dose should be given three weeks after the first and the third dose at least eight weeks after the second.
  • Moderna contains two doses for children aged 6 months to 5 years. The second dose should be given one month after the first.

California has reserved nearly 400,000 doses for newly eligible children. More than 2 million children are now eligible for the vaccine in the state.

Kaiser said vaccinating this age group is critical to further protect our community from the effects of the pandemic. Vaccinating appropriate children can help prevent them from actually getting sick, even if they do become infected, and prevent serious short- and long-term complications of COVID-19.

Vaccinating children can also give parents more confidence in their children’s participation in childcare, school and other activities, Kaiser said.

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