On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers. Meaning U.S. kids under five years old are eligible for vaccinations. All that is left is a final signoff from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
The move came after the FDA’s advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation for the shots from Moderna and Pfizer. Which is expected to impact around 18 million children across the nation.
Vaccinations could begin as early as Monday or Tuesday.
Though these vaccinations were originally intended for those hit hardest during the pandemic – U.S. adults. School-aged children and teens are now being recommended the shots, with some school districts and universities still requiring the vaccination for