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Central District Health Department administering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for kids ages 5 to 11. Central District...
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for kids ages 5 to 11. Central District Health Department was already helping administer the pediatric vaccine starting Wednesday morning.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 10:56 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for kids ages 5 to 11. Central District Health Department was already helping administer the pediatric vaccine starting Wednesday morning.

As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Health Director for CDHD, Teresa Anderson, said they had six kids come in to get their first doses. She added, it might be a good time for eligible children to get protected against the virus.

“Since the Delta variant has come onto scene, we’ve seen a rapid increase in the number or percent of cases that are pediatric, and this age group, 5 to 11, may be a third of the cases now,” Anderson said.

Anderson continued to say, there were only small side effects that came along with the pediatric vaccine.

“Studies that they’ve been doing show that the major side-effect is a sore arm. Some people worry about myocarditis or pericarditis, which is inflammation of the lining of the heart or inflammation of the heart muscle — they have not seen that in this particular age group,” she noted.

One receptionist at CDHD said she has received many calls from parents interested in learning more about the pediatric vaccine. Anderson said anyone looking to get their child vaccinated could visit CDHD anytime between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

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