Shots for tots: COVID vaccinations start for US kids

Covid Vaccine
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination for children under five sits on a counter at Walgreens pharmacy Monday, June 20, 2022, in Lexington, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

By LINDSEY TANNER and ANGIE WANG
Associated Press

The nation’s youngest children are getting their chance at vaccines for COVID-19.

Shots began Monday at a few locations, though they were expected to ramp up after the Juneteenth federal holiday.

The Food and Drug Administration cleared vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer last week and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final signoff over the weekend.

Roughly 18 million youngsters under 5 are eligible. For the little kids, Pfizer’s vaccine is three shots and Moderna’s is two shots.

Getting some parents on board may be a challenge given disappointing vaccination rates in school-age kids.

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