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COVID Shots Gets Final Approval For Children Under 5 In Washington

Patch logo Patch 6/21/2022 Charles Woodman
The vaccine received the approval of the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup over the weekend. © AP The vaccine received the approval of the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup over the weekend.

OLYMPIA, WA — All but the very youngest Washingtonians are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the weekend, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup reviewed federal data and approved both the BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for use in children as young as 6 months old.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup issues the final approval of COVID vaccines in Washington, California, Nevada, and Oregon, meaning the vaccines can now be administered to youngsters in all of those states. Previously, both vaccines could only be administered to children over five.

“This is excellent news for Washington families and I know many parents who have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get their youngest children vaccinated," said Gov. Jay Inslee following the announcement. "I encourage parents to contact their trusted providers to discuss any questions or concerns. These vaccines remain the most important tool in our continued efforts to keep people safe from severe COVID illness or hospitalization.”


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Approving the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 makes an estimated 18 million American toddlers eligible for vaccination. While young children are usually at lower risk for serious COVID-related health complications than older adults, they can act as transmission vectors, and in rare cases can still get severely ill or even die. 442 children under the age of 4 have died due to the pandemic, the FDA said. Health experts say inoculating very young children should help drive down COVID-19 case rates, which, in Washington, have recently begun to decline after several months of consistent growth.

“This is a long awaited moment for so many families," said Oregon Governor Kate Brown. "With today’s review by leading doctors, pediatricians, and health experts, Oregon parents and children can be confident in the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children as young as 6 months old. It is completely normal for parents and kids to have questions about vaccines––I urge you to reach out to your family doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist and get your questions answered today.”

As of the latest update to the Washington State Department of Health's COVID-19 data dashboard, over 14 million COVID vaccines have been administered inside the Evergreen State, and 75 percent of the total population has taken at least one vaccine dose.

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