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CDC Recommends Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Adolescents

On Thursday, June 23rd, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded the recommendations for the use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to include children ages 6 through 17 years. They recommended Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines in a 2-dose primary series for children ages 6 through 17 years and in a 3-dose primary series for children ages 6 through 17 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed that recommendation and released a statement

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines remain recommended for use for people 18 years of age and older as a primary series and as boosters and for children ages 6 months through 5 years as a primary series.

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines’ safety and effectiveness have been confirmed by clinical studies and by the millions of people who have already received them. As occurs for all vaccines—including all COVID-19 vaccines—safety monitoring will continue in all ages for whom Moderna vaccines are recommended and authorized. 

CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone 5 years and older should also get a COVID-19 booster, if eligible. To learn if and when your child or teen can get boosters to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool.

Below is a list of resources and upcoming informational activities related to the recommendations:

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