South Heartland District to start administering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Children under five are now able to get better protected against the coronavirus.
Healthcare providers started administering COVID-19 vaccines for children in this age group Monday.
On June 18, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved of the practices, which CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on later that same day.
Michele Bever, executive director for the South Heartland District Health Department said, they ordered in the vaccines when the offer was first on the table to ensure the doses arrived as quickly as possible.
“We know that COVID vaccination is important for all ages, and, as you know, the vaccine first became available for adults in December 2020 so, it’s been a long time, and we’re glad to finally be able to provide that option for parents wanting to protect their very young children,” Bever said.
There are two options for these vaccinations: the Moderna Tender Care and Pfizer Tender Care pediatric vaccines.
It is recommended that children who receive Moderna get two doses four weeks apart. Kids who receive Pfizer are advised to have three doses of the vaccine. The second Pfizer dosage should come three weeks after the first, and the third— two months after the second dose.
Even before the CDC approval, communities, such as the South Heartland District, were eager to have COVID vaccines available for this age group.
“We’ve had people interested in this for months,” Bever noted. “When is it going to be here and when can we have access to it so, there will be people that are very happy that it will be very soon.”
Bever also said she expected the pediatric vaccines to arrive in their district early this week.
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