CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now recommended the COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11. “CDC now expands vaccine recommendations to about 28 million children in the United States in this age group and allows providers to begin vaccinating them as soon as possible,” they said in a statement. 

This is another turning point in the Coronavirus Pandemic where more than 750,000 people have died. On November 2, the vaccine panel voted 14-0 in favor of recommending the vaccine. CDC director Rochelle Walensky recommends that parents talk with their pediatricians or with their local pharmacist if they have questions about the vaccines. 

President Biden also commented on this approval. He called this a turning point in this pandemic. “It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others. It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus,” he said. 

The FDA is now urging parents to get their kids vaccinated. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 170 children 5-11 have died of COVID-19.