New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Says Vaccinate Your Young Children

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TRENTON, NJ – With COVID-19 vaccines now available for children between the ages of 6 months old to 5 years old, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is telling New Jersey moms and dads to vaccinate their little ones.

“Today is an important day for so many families across New Jersey. With the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years, families will have the strongest protection against this virus. We encourage parents to schedule an appointment for their child,” Murphy said on Saturday.

On Saturday, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are now eligible for vaccination. 

“Parents and caregivers can now get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19. All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated,” Walensky said.

The CDC reports the distribution of pediatric vaccinations for these younger children has started across the country and will be available at thousands of pediatric practices, pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, local health departments, clinics, and other locations this week.

Children in this younger age group can be vaccinated with whichever vaccine is available (either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech). Parents can reach out to their doctor, nurse, local pharmacy, or health department or visit to see where vaccines for children are available.     

“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19. We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can. I encourage parents and caregivers with questions to talk to their doctor, nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated,” Walensky said.

On Sunday, New Jersey reported a COVID-19 rate of transmission of 0.82, with 1918 confirmed cases and three deaths. New Jersey is waning out of the most recent minor wave of COVID, which peaked last month.