Infants, toddlers, preschoolers now eligible to receive Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

ATLANTA — As of today, June 21, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

The CDC approved shots for both Moderna and Pfizer for children six months to five years old. Channel 2′s Darryn Moore was live Tuesday morning outside the CDC headquarters.

The CDC says it’s safe and effective for kids. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director at the CDC, said millions of kids are now able to get vaccinated.

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“Nearly 20 million children are now able to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Walensky.

Parents have the choice to either get their kids the three-shot Pfizer vaccine, or two shots of the Moderna.

Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 response coordinator suggests kids get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“If you’re thinking about getting your child fully protected, maximally protected before the fall, starting sooner rather than later is a good idea,” said Jha.

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However, some families are reluctant to give their kids the vaccine.

“We don’t feel confident enough at this point to make that decision, we would really like to wait a little while and see what happens,” said Kate Sanders, a parent.

Others decided that their kids will not be getting the shot.

“It’s really peace of mind that you don’t need to worry about this potentially dangerous and potentially fatal disease for your young kids,” said Xena Good, a parent.

Kids as young as 18 months can get their shot at CVS. At Walgreens, the child has to be at least 3 years old.

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