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CHICAGO – Following final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all children ages 6 months through 4 years are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Both approved vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech (for children under 5) and Moderna (for children under 6) were found to be safe and effective in preventing serious outcomes from COVID-19. Vaccine doses for these age groups have already begun to arrive in Chicago and providers can begin to administer them immediately.
“Families across the city have been waiting for this news, and we are thrilled to begin administering this vaccine to children under 5 all across Chicago this week,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Vaccines are the reason we’ve continued to see record-low hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 in recent weeks, despite a recent increase in cases, and I hope that residents continue to protect Chicago by vaccinating the youngest members of their families.”
“We have been planning our roll out for months, have received delivery of nearly 25,000 doses already, so vaccinations can begin right away,” added CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. “As you’re bringing the youngest members of your family in for their vaccinations, it’s a great time to get the entire family up-to-date – including boosters for anyone age 5 and up.”
Parents have a choice between Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines are free, no government-issued ID or insurance is required. For children in this youngest age group:
Dr. Arwady urged parents to talk to their child’s healthcare provider or visit trusted websites – including Chicago.gov/Under5Vax – to learn more about the vaccines, and make a plan to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. “Most importantly, the research shows that vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe outcomes for these young children. While thankfully, the youngest children have not seen high rates of severe outcomes as much as older people, since the beginning of the pandemic, 442 children aged 0 to 4 years across the U.S. have died from COVID-19. As always, vaccination is the best protection against severe and tragic outcomes.”
There are many ways for children under 5 to get vaccinated. Clinics may offer Pfizer, Moderna, or both:
If those who need help finding a nearby site, Vaccines.gov is a free, online service that you can use to search for pharmacies and providers that offer vaccination. Residents can also call the City’s COVID-19 call center at 312-746-4835.
Parents must accompany children getting their vaccine. Learn more at Chicago.gov/COVIDvax.
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