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CDC advisers recommend COVID-19 shots for children under 5

A healthcare worker prepares to administer a Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus vaccine (Carlos Osorio/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker prepares to administer a Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus vaccine (Carlos Osorio/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. health advisers on Saturday recommended COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers — the last group without the shots.

The advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unanimously decided that coronavirus vaccines should be opened to children as young as 6 months. The final signoff was expected later in the day from CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

While the Food and Drug Administration OKs vaccines, it's the CDC that decides who should get them.

The government has been gearing up for the start of the shots early next week, with millions of doses ordered for distribution to doctors, hospitals and community health clinics around the country.

Roughly 18 million kids will be eligible, but it remains to be seen how many will ultimately get the vaccines. Less than a third of children ages 5 to 11 have done so since vaccination opened up to them last November.

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