(JustPatriots.com)- As of Friday, children as young as six months old are now included in the emergency use authorizations for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration.
In the organization’s news release, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said that many parents, caregivers, and physicians have been waiting for vaccination for younger children. This decision will help protect those down to six months of age.
The FDA’s statement comes days after a group of independent medical professionals voted 21 to 0 to increase vaccine access.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been approved for children five years and older. In comparison, the use of the Moderna vaccine had been limited to adults 18 years of age and older before the FDA’s action today, the agency notes in its release. Now, anyone six months of age or older can receive either of the two immunizations.
According to a press release from the FDA, immune responses in children between 6 months and five years who received three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations were comparable to those in adults who received two doses. Pfizer claims that the amount tested in children was a tenth of what was tested in adults.
A representative for Moderna said that the company is looking toward the third shot for kids. According to Jacqueline Miller, senior vice president of infectious diseases at Moderna, “I think we’re all in agreement that these kids are going to need a third treatment at some point.”
According to the FDA’s news release, children and adolescents will receive the Moderna vaccine in two injections one month apart, and immunocompromised youngsters may receive a third dosage one month after the second shot. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine consists of three doses, the first two administered three weeks apart and the third at least eight weeks following the first.
According to the FDA release, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine’s most frequent side effects were agitation, loss of appetite, fever, and soreness at the injection site. Common side effects of the Moderna vaccination were soreness at the injection site, headaches, and muscle and joint aches.