COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of six months and five years received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, but Yolo County does not expect to have a supply available for at least another week.
The FDA authorized the use of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for young children after determining the known and potential benefits outweigh known and potential risks for that age group.
“Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to six months of age,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf. “As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death.
Next, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must recommend the vaccine use in this age group and then the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will review the vaccines for safety and efficacy.
Once that review is complete, the vaccines can be administered in California.
But the county reported Friday afternoon that it would not be receiving delivery of these pediatric vaccines until the end of next week or later.
“So the first county clinic with pediatric vaccines would most likely be on June 30,” the county announced.
The county recommended to first try scheduling an appointment with their pediatricians or check for other clinics available on myturn.ca.gov.
To find testing opportunities in Yolo County, visit http://yolocounty.org/covid. This includes the Test to Treat site in Woodland.