Updated Jun 17, 2022 - News

174K vaccines en route for Washington kids under 5

Illustration of a round bandaid in the shape of smiley face on a child's arm
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Washington state health department has already ordered 174,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5.

Why it matters: Unlike older children, preschool-aged kids and toddlers have lacked access to the COVID-19 vaccine, complicating their families' ability to manage their risk of infection.

The latest: Once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sign off on the vaccines, they can start being given to kids.

  • The first batch of vaccines will be delivered Monday, the state health department said, and subsequent doses will arrive throughout the following week.
  • Washington's Department of Health will then start distributing the vaccines to local health providers, who will be able to administer the vaccines to children as young as six months.

Of note: Once the vaccines get final FDA approval, families can make a vaccine or booster appointment using Vaccine Locator, Vaccines.gov, or by calling the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 833-VAX-HELP.

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