COVID Vaccinations Available for Young Children
The Rock Island County Health Department will soon start holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics for young children. It's just received its first pediatric doses from Pfizer and Moderna, designed for children, six months to four years old.
Department Administrator Nita Ludwig says the Pfizer vaccine should be given in three doses with three weeks between the first two, and the third dose at least eight weeks after the second. Moderna should be given in two doses, 28 days apart.
"Parents are going to want to complete the series to make sure the kids have the optimal protection. Just like the adult doses and the boosters, we have to get all the doses that we are currently eligible for to keep our antibody levels up and to keep the protection going."
She says the health department will remind parents when their children's doses are due, and it'll be listed on their kids' vaccination cards.
Clinics for young children will be held on Wednesdays by appointment, starting next week (6/29).
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 13 million children in the US have been infected with the coronavirus - most experienced only mild symptoms, but 42,000 have been hospitalized, and 1,200 under the age of 18 have died.