Doctors from Michigan Medicine hosting live Q&A on COVID vaccines for kids 5 and under

Three year-old Fletcher Pack holds a lollipop after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at Walgreens pharmacy Monday, June 20, 2022, in Lexington, S.C. Today marked the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were made available to children under 5 in the United States. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) (Sean Rayford, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ANN ARBOR – Doctors at Michigan Medicine will be answering parents’ questions on Thursday about the newly-authorized Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children under five.

The live Q&A session will start at 1 p.m. and can be accessed on Michigan Medicine’s Facebook page, Twitter page and YouTube channel and on Mott Children’s Facebook page.

The vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children as young as six months old. Moderna’s vaccine for children between the ages of 6-17 was also recently authorized.

Panelists for the event include:

  • Debra Langlois, M.D., pediatrician at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
  • Sandro Cinti, M.D., infectious diseases specialist
  • Pam Rockwell, D.O., family medicine physician

Topics covered will include boosters, side effects, how variants affect vaccines and what parents should consider if they are on the fence about vaccinating their young children.

“The younger age group has been especially vulnerable during the pandemic,” Langlois, who is also the parent of a child under age five, said in a statement. “They’ve been without vaccine protection while many communities have dropped safety measures like mask wearing.

“We understand that parents considering whether to vaccinate younger children may have many questions about the newly available vaccines, and we’re hoping we can help them make an informed decision.”

Questions can be asked live during the virtual event, and a recording of the panel will be available afterwards.

For more information about the event, click here.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.