Western states confirm COVID-19 vaccines as safe and effective for young children

Jim Brunner

A regional scientific panel has given the final approval of COVID-19 vaccines to young children, paving the way for doctors in Washington to offer shots in the coming days and weeks.

The Western States Scientific Safety Workgroup announced Sunday that it has reviewed the federal process for approving Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and concluded that they are “safe and effective” for children as young as 6 months old, according to a governor’s press release. Jay Inslee’s office.

Washington joined Oregon, California and Nevada to set up the Scientific Review Group in October 2020 to review federal government vaccine approvals.

The group’s approval stamp was expected following the approval of the vaccines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Saturday.

The decision means that the Moderna two-dose vaccine series and the Pfizer three-dose vaccine series will now be available to children aged 6 months to 4 years. Vaccines had previously been approved for older children and adults.

“This is great news for Washington families, and I know many parents who have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to have their youngest children vaccinated. I encourage parents to contact their trusted providers to discuss any questions or concerns,” Inslee said. in a statement.

Parents looking for information on vaccinations for their children can use the State Ministry of Health’s online tool: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/. They can also use the state’s PrepMod tool to find even more vaccination sites.

People with questions or who need help planning appointments can call the state’s COVID hotline at 800-525-0127, press #; or call its alternate telephone number, 888-856-5816.

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