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Oregon, Washington recommend COVID shots for children 6 months and up

KATU Portland 6/19/2022 KATU Staff
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SALEM, Ore. — An independent group of scientists representing Oregon, Washington, and other western states has signed off on the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months old.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup on Sunday completed its review of safety and efficacy data and the CDC advisers' recommendation that coronavirus vaccines should be opened to children in that age group.

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“Starting this week, children as young as 6 months are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. This is the moment so many families have been waiting for. After review by leading doctors and health experts, parents can be confident the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe & effective,” Governor Kate Brown said.

The vaccines now available to children in the youngest age group are the Moderna two-dose series and the Pfizer three-dose series.

“The Workgroup concluded that the benefits of completing either vaccine series substantially outweigh any known or likely risks. Immunization can be expected to reduce the numbers of COVID-19-related serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in young children while facilitating their participation in normal educational, social and recreational activities,” the workgroup said in a press release on Sunday.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup is made up of scientists representing Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and California. They are tasked with reviewing COVID-19 recommendations from the federal government.

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