ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – U.S. regulators have authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers.
That paves the way for vaccinations for children under 5 to begin next week.
The Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization Friday follows a unanimous recommendation by its advisory panel.
The kid-sized shots are made by Moderna and Pfizer.
The FDA’s action allows the companies to begin shipping millions of preordered doses across the country.
A final signoff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected this weekend.
The nation’s vaccination campaign began with adults in late 2020, about a year into the coronavirus pandemic.