The Marion County Public Health Department will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to young children starting Thursday.
The pediatric Pfizer vaccine will be administered at existing clinics for youth ages 5-11. The vaccine received final authorization from the CDC on Tuesday. Children will get a smaller dose of the vaccine that has been shown through clinical trials to be safe and effective. Walk-ins and appointments are available at five clinics in Marion County. Children will need a second shot.
In a written statement Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of MCPHD said she’s “thrilled” that the protection offered by the vaccine will now be available for Marion County’s 5-11-year-olds.
“I encourage any hesitant parents to do their homework by reading about the vaccine and approval process from reputable sources like our local media partners, and talk to their pediatrician about the benefits and risks of the COVID vaccine for their child,” Caine said.