McKenzie Pack, the boy’s mother, said that when Fletcher is vaccinated he will finally be able to go bowling and go to a nearby children’s museum.
“He’s never really played with another little kid in a confined space,” McKenzie Pack said. “For our family, this will be a huge change.”
As soon as the authorities approved the vaccines last week, the mother started looking to make an appointment for the vaccination.
“I feel a great relief,” he said. “With this vaccine he will have the opportunity to return to normality, to have a normal childhood.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children on Friday, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended them on Saturday.
In the United States, COVID-19 vaccines became available in late 2020, first to health professionals and older adults. Last year they were approved for teens and school-age children.
“This is of course an exciting moment in a long campaign to vaccinate people against COVID-19,” said Dr. Matthew Harris, an emergency room pediatrician at Northwell Cohen Children’s Hospital in New York.
Some 18 million children under the age of 5 are eligible to receive the vaccine.
“It’s a huge step toward normalcy,” said Dr. Debra Langlois, a pediatrician at University of Michigan CS Mott Children’s Hospital.
“We have been in the pandemic for more than two years and there are things that my 4-year-old son has never been able to do,” Langlois said.