Here’s How Kids Under 5 Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccines in Massachusetts

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“We know that parents and families are waiting for this.”

Josie McGlashing, 7, (centre) shakes hands with her brother Evan, 3, as VaxinateRx pharmacist Mike Kippenberger treats Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 for children aged 5-11 during a vaccination clinic at AW Coolidge Middle -19 given a single dose of the vaccine. School in reading in November. Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff

Some of Massachusetts’ youngest residents will soon be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Approved Vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years on Saturday.

“We know parents and families are waiting for this, and we’re delighted that this last age group has been approved for a COVID-19 vaccine,” said pediatrician and chief of the state’s Department of Public Health. Medical Officer Dr. Estevan Garcia said in a statement. “The vaccine for this age group has been rigorously tested and we encourage parents to add this vaccine to the list of important immunizations their children should receive. We urge parents to contact their child’s health care provider with any questions.”

From Tuesday, for appointments Children 6 months to 4 years old Will be available for booking, according to the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The Baker administration estimates there will be more than 400 places in the coming weeks where the youngest people can be vaccinated, including places like pediatricians’ offices, community health centers and some pharmacies.

Officials advise parents who prefer to have their children vaccinated by their primary care provider, to call their doctor’s office directly. Otherwise, available appointments can be found using the state waxfinder Tool or by calling 2-1-1 through the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line.

For the age group of 6 months to 4 years, the Pfizer vaccine is a regimen of three pediatric doses, while the Moderna vaccine is two pediatric doses.

Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Told The data for both vaccines is “quite blatantly clear,” on “Good Morning America” ​​Monday.

“What I tell parents is that we are fortunate to have two options,” Jha said. “They’re both highly safe, they’re both effective. Either one is fine. There (are) some fine, subtle differences — you can talk to your family doctor or pediatrician about them. But we have two here. There are good options.”

Jha also recommended that parents who want to vaccinate their children should do it sooner rather than later, or say, before the start of the school year in September.

“I would say to do it now because, remember, it takes a while to take both doses or all three, depending on which dose you take, and it takes a while to build immunity,” Jha said. . “So if you’re thinking about keeping your baby fully protected, maximally protected before a fall, it’s a good idea to start sooner rather than later.”

In November, the CDC gave the green light for vaccines for children age 5 and older. For children between 5 and 11, there is a two-dose Pfizer vaccine — a more potent set of doses than the three pediatric doses for the Pfizer vaccine recommended for children under age 5.

Some parents whose children are on the verge of turning 5 are now wondering: should i just wait for the vaccination,

Jha said he often gets questions.

“I personally think you should go ahead and get your child vaccinated,” Jha said. “If they’re right on that cusp, you probably want to talk to your pediatrician or your family doctor. But the bottom line is that we have safe, effective vaccines for four- and five-year-olds, So it probably doesn’t matter much.”

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