What to know about the coronavirus vaccine for children younger than 5

(Megan Jelinger for The Washington Post)

Children younger than 5 are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the shots for an additional 19 million children across the United States.

The CDC recommended a three-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on June 18 for children ages 6 months through 4 years as well as a two-dose Moderna vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years.

“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement at the time. “We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can.”

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