Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for very young children?

Claim: The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children as young as six months of age and is safe for children.
Rating: This claim is TRUE. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as six months old. These vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving thousands of children, with zero serious side effects. The American Academy of Pediatrics  recommends that all eligible children 6 months old or older be vaccinated.

Does the lifting of mask mandates mean you shouldn’t wear a mask anymore? 

Claim: With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreasing nationwide, many states have lifted their mask mandate and you no longer need to wear a mask in public indoor settings. 
Rating: This claim is MOSTLY TRUE. Mask mandates do vary county by county but for the most part, you no longer need to wear a mask in public. But if you have a compromised immune system, or are caring for elderly adults or anyone with a weak immune system, it is still strongly recommended that you still wear a mask when you go out to protect the vulnerable members of your family. 

Is Biden enriching China by ordering at-home COVID-19 tests from China? 

Claim: The Biden Administration has awarded a $1.3 billion contract to iHealth Lab to create millions of free at-home COVID-19 tests. IHealth Lab is owned by a Chinese company. Critics have said that the contract enriches China, and that the tests are unsafe and inaccurate because they are made in China.
Rating: This claim is FALSE. The U.S. government did not exclusively partner with iHealth Lab Inc. to provide COVID tests. It actually partnered with over 60 manufacturers from around the world in order to meet rising demand for free tests. The iHealth Lab tests have also been vetted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe for public use. In addition, a $1.3 billion contract is not a significant gain to the Chinese economy, which is $14.72 trillion. 

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