This story was updated 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, June 23
COVID vaccines for kids under 5 are now approved and are rolling out across the Bay Area.
It's the first time this age group has been eligible to get their COVID shot.
How we got here: On June 16, the FDA formally approved use of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines under 5. On June 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously in favor of recommending these vaccines. Hours later, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky officially signed off, making vaccines for kids under 5 available for rollout nationwide starting the week of June 20.
"We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today's decision, they can," Walensky said.
We'll keep updating this guide as we find out more information about getting a COVID vaccine for kids under 5 in the Bay Area.
What to know about COVID vaccines for kids under 5
Children under five years old now have two options for getting a COVID vaccine: Pfizer or Moderna. Both vaccines are only available for kids age at least 6 months.
Pfizer's pediatric COVID vaccine is:
- Available for children aged between 6 months and four years old
- Given in three separate doses (3 micrograms, i.e. one-tenth of an adult dose)
The first two shots of Pfizer's pediatric vaccines are given three weeks apart, and the third one eight weeks after the second shot.
Moderna's pediatric COVID vaccine is:
- Available for children aged between 6 months and five years old
- Given in two separate doses (at 25 micrograms, one-fourth of an adult dose.)
The two shots of Moderna's pediatric vaccine are given four weeks apart.
Which COVID vaccine should a child under 5 get, Pfizer or Moderna? In a call with reporters earlier this week, vaccine experts noted that the two kinds of shots haven’t been tested against each other — so right now, there’s no way to tell parents and caregivers if one is superior or not.
"You can’t compare the vaccines directly," said Dr. Jesse Goodman of Georgetown University, a former FDA vaccine chief.
Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s vaccine chief, echoed this. "Whatever vaccine your health care provider, pediatrician has, that’s what I would give my child," Marks said Friday when the FDA approved these vaccines.