COVID-19 vaccine approved for children 5-11

The Food and Drug Administration gave final approval Tuesday evening for a two-dose series of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years old. Iowa Department of Public Health provided guidance to county health departments on Wednesday morning.

“We are currently planning for upcoming pediatric clinics,” said Webster County Health Department Director Kari Prescott. “We are working on staffing for clinics, but this is just the first wave. We will have clinics in the new year as well. We want to ensure that anyone who wants the vaccine is able to have access to it.”

As of press time Wednesday, WCHD has not yet received the pediatric doses which is a half dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

“We anticipate receiving it shortly,” said Prescott. “Once we have staffing in place and have received the pediatric doses, we will announce upcoming clinics and how to make an appointment.”


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