CDC Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Brings Hope to America’s Moms, Families
“Nearly two years into a deadly pandemic that has upended life in America while taking 745,000 lives and infecting tens of millions, we are profoundly relieved that a safe, effective vaccine is now available for children ages 5 - 11. This vaccine will help safeguard the health of children and families, especially as we head into the colder months when people gather indoors much more. The vaccine the CDC approved yesterday will protect our kids from COVID, prevent hospitalizations and long-term COVID symptoms, and save lives. It holds the promise of allowing children to return in person to school, to sports and other extracurricular activities, and to simply being kids.
“This vaccine approval can bring relief for moms and parents who have been struggling with quarantines and school closures, in most cases without paid family and medical leave, and especially for moms who have been forced out of the workforce or unable to return to it because of their caregiving responsibilities.
“We know that many parents are already setting up appointments for their children to be vaccinated and expect many more to do so in the weeks and months ahead. Approval of the children’s COVID-19 vaccine brings hope.”