The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children down to 6 months of age.
- The decision was made after analyzing substantial data from clinical trials involving thousands of children, confirming the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness for children in this age group.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Why vaccinate your child?
COVID-19 has caused more than 1 million deaths in the United States, including at least 1,433 deaths among children and young people (CYP).
- Data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows COVID-19 was a leading cause of death in CYP aged 0-19 years in the US between March 2020 to April 2022.
- In addition, tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized because of the virus.
- While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, the effects of the virus are unpredictable.
Vaccination is the best way to protect children from COVID-19.
Where can you vaccinate your child?
The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) is authorizing hospitals, pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies (for kids 3 years and older), community health centers and clinics to administer the vaccines as soon as they become available.
- This week, DOH is expecting a delivery of 27,500 doses of the vaccines.
- Find a vaccination site at hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine.
What resources are available to keiki and their ‘ohana?
How can you get involved to support COVID-19 outreach for local keiki and their ‘ohana?
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