Ahead of FDA considering COVID-19 vaccine expansion, Mayo Clinic doctor urges parents to be ready

Children below the age of five are the last group that have not been approved for a COVID-19 vaccine

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – Doctors with Mayo Clinic say it will be important to get young kids vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 once the vaccine eligibility is expanded.

The Food and Drug Administration could grant emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccination for children between six months and five years of age soon.

While younger children have better health outcomes if they test positive for the virus, they can get sick and even die

That’s why doctors are urging parents to be be ready.

“Even though the rate might be small now, let’s get it reduced to zero if possible if we can or at least reduced as much as possible,” said Mayo Clinic vaccine research group co-director Dr. Richard Kennedy.

FDA advisers are set to evaluate the Pfizer vaccine that age group ahead of a possible rollout by the end of June.

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