An FDA panel voted 21 to 0 to authorize the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years of age.
Children under the age of 5 constitute the only age group that has not been eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I know there are a lot of very relieved parents,” said Dr. Jon Portnoy, a voting member of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory (VRBPAC) panel. “I understand why parents are very nervous and fearful of doing normal activities, especially if their child actually catches COVID.”
The potential availability of two COVID-19 vaccines for young children “will certainly alleviate a lot of [parents’] concerns,” he added.
VRBPAC member Dr. Ofer Levy emphasized the importance of choice for parents with young children.
“They can partner with their pediatrician to make a decision,” Levy said. Vaccines are a vital tool for fighting COVID-19, especially in communiti…