(CNN)Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously on Saturday in support of recommending the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines to children as young as 6 months.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will have to sign off before vaccines can be administered, which could happen as early as next week.
During the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' discussion of the vaccine Friday, the committee heard Dr. Matthew Daley say that unvaccinated people 5 years of age and older had 10 times the risk of dying from Covid-19 compared to those vaccinated with at least the primary series.
Dr. Katherine Fleming-Dutra noted in the meeting that "the benefits of vaccination are more pronounced when the disease burden is high. And we can predict that with future Covid-19 surges, the unvaccinated will continue to bear the burden of disease."