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FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under 5

Two vials of Covid vaccine are placed on top of a table
A dose of the Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at UCI Health Center in Orange.
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COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 are one step closer after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines on Friday.

Only one step remains, an application review by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If given the green light — as expected — Pfizer’s three-dose COVID vaccine and Moderna’s two-dose vaccine could be available to children ages 6 months to 17 as soon as next week.

And soon enough, more than 900 sites in Los Angeles County are expected to offer the free shots.

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Parents could have more options if Moderna is authorized for children and teenagers. So far, Pfizer has been the only choice for anyone under 18.

You can watch Friday's news conference below:

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