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Covid vaccinations for children under age 5 to begin as early as June 21, White House says

A nurse administers a pediatric dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a girl at a L.A. Care Health Plan vaccination clinic at Los Angeles Mission College in the Sylmar neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2022.
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The White House expects Covid vaccinations for children under age 5 to begin as early as June 21, a senior health official said on Thursday.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Covid response coordinator, said the Biden administration will initially make 10 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available to states, pharmacies and community health centers. States can begin placing orders on Friday, Jha said, but the vaccine doses will ship only after the Food and Drug Administration authorizes the shots.

The FDA’s committee of independent experts is scheduled to meet on June 15 to review the data on Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid shots for infants through preschoolers. The agency will make a decision soon after the committee meeting, Jha said.

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