CDC Recommends Vaccines for Kids: What It Means for Family Travel

The CDC and the FDA have approved vaccines for children under the age of 5 just in time for the busiest season of travel.

"We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today's decision, they can," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky when she announced the decision.

Both Pfizer and Moderna are offering vaccines to young children.

Pfizer's pediatric COVID vaccine is available to children 6 months to 4 years old. The shot is given in three separate doses. Moderna's pediatric COVID vaccine is available for children aged between 6 months and 5 years old and is given in two separate doses four weeks apart.


While these shots may not prevent COVID-19 infection, the antibodies the vaccines provide protect children from hospitalization and extreme illness, meaning parents planning summer travel will know that their children are protected in some ways from COVID-19.


The vaccines also mean that young children can avoid testing in certain situations, such as on cruise vacations. Some cruise lines are requiring unvaccinated passengers to test boarding cruise ships, including after leaving the ship during shore excursions.

Families should still take precautions when traveling, even if they are vaccinated, to avoid infection and delays to their travel plans due to illness, advised the CDC.

Many countries have lifted their vaccination mandates for travelers, but those planning trips should still check before traveling internationally. Some destinations still also require a negative COVID-19 test for travelers as well, which includes children under the age of 5.


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