FAQ: How to get the pediatric coronavirus vaccine in the D.C. area

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending coronavirus vaccines for children under 5. (Video: Jackson Barton, John Farrell/The Washington Post)
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Families are breathing a sigh of relief at the approval of coronavirus vaccines for children younger than 5, which comes more than a year after the shots were approved for adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday approved the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendations, guaranteeing two long-anticipated vaccines will be available for young children beginning this week.

The Moderna vaccine, for children 6 months through 5 years old, will be administered in two doses four weeks apart. The Pfizer-BioNTech version, intended for children 6 months through 4 years old, will require three shots: the first two given three weeks apart, and the third doled out at least two months after the second dose.

How will the pediatric vaccines be distributed in D.C., Maryland and Virginia? The Washington Post asked state and local health officials.

Coronavirus vaccines for kids under 5 are finally here