A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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That sound you heard around 3 p.m. yesterday was the collective exhale of many parents of young children. In an address to the White House Press Corps, ​​White House COVID-19 Response Team Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha announced that if the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee approves the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 at its meetings on June 14 and 15 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccines, these kids could be vaccinated beginning later this month. This announcement comes more than a year after vaccines became available for adults and more than seven months after vaccines became available for kids between the ages of 5 and 11. 

Jha says officials expect most children under 5 to receive vaccinations through their primary care physicians. Initially, the federal government will make 10 million doses, specially formulated for young children, available to states, pharmacies, and community health centers and states can start placing orders today.

In D.C., COVID case numbers are down from where they were on May 21. As of May 28, the weekly case rate was 282.5 per 100,000 residents. That’s still considered in the medium zone but down from the 299.6 per 100,000 and 340.7 per 100,000 recorded as of May 14 and 21, respectively. COVID-related hospital admissions also continue to drop, from 0.6 per 100,000 residents as of May 21 to 0.3 per 100,000 residents as of May 28. 

The pandemic is by no means over and precautions should still be taken, but the potential for more vaccines is another step forward.

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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