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Update Coming Soon on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

  • CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) will meet on May 19th to discuss COVID-19 booster doses for children 5 to 11 years of age.
  • The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that its advisory committee will meet to discuss COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years of age on June 8, June 21, and June 22.
  • Recent research by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) suggests low vaccine confidence among parents of children under the age of 5.
    • Of parents surveyed who had children younger than 5 years of age, about 18% said they intended to get their children vaccinated once COVID-19 vaccines are authorized this age group, while 38% said they would want to wait until they see the effects of the vaccine on other young children.
    • About 64% of the parents with children under the age of 5 who were surveyed said the postponement of meetings to discuss authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 5 has not affected their confidence in the safety of those vaccines.
    • KFF reports that while most parents feel their child is at least “somewhat safe” from COVID-19 at school, Black or Hispanic parents are less likely to feel their child is “very safe” than White parents, and are more likely to report mask use.
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