Questions and answers about COVID-19 vaccines for kids younger than 5 years old

Children as young as 6 months could soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine if federal regulators agree the shots are safe and effective.

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Pfizer/BioNTech this week asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve two doses for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, with the expectation that a third dose would be needed shortly thereafter. The vaccine is already available for children 5 and up.

Here’s everything you need to know about the process:

How soon could the vaccine be available to children under age 5?

What has Pfizer’s pediatric clinical trials shown?

Why is a vaccine for children this young necessary?

Will young children be given the same amount of vaccine as older children or adults?

Will parents ultimately get their youngest children vaccinated?

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