The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the use of both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines down to the age of 6 months.

This is the first time the Moderna vaccine has been authorized for those 17 and younger.

“While fewer children get severely sick from COVID-19 than adults, children can still get sick with the virus, spread it to other people and have long-term complications,” a Colorado Department of Public Health press release stated.

Chaffee County was recently moved from “low” to “high” status by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in terms of increased incidence of COVID-19. However, most cases reported locally remain mild to moderate, according to Chaffee County Public Health.

Public Health plans to announce clinic dates in the near future to accommodate the new vaccination authorizations.

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