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Kent County Health Department Makes COVID-19 Vaccine Available To Kids 5 to 11

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The Kent County Health Department is making the COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children ages 5 to 11. The move follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention granting emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech

The Kent County Health Department is making the COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children ages 5 to 11. The move follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention granting emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech

“There’s 200-thousand confirmed cases in 19 and younger and more than 412 are getting infected everyday.”

That’s the Kent County Health Department Immunization Supervisor, Mary Wisinski. The

Health Department is now taking appointments for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.Wisinski says it could help slow the transmission of the disease in our community.

“Many times kids have a milder form of the illness we’re very excited to be able to get the kids vaccinated.”

Like the adult version, this vaccine entails two shots, given at least three weeks apart. However, the dose is approximately a third of what adults received. Among its findings during clinical testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that the Pfizer vaccine was 90.7 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 to 11. Wisinski says, it’s safe.

“This vaccine, as well as others, has been under such tight scrutiny, and undergone such stringent safety monitoring that people need to know that this vaccine is safe and effective or the FDA and the CDC would not have approved it for anyone, let alone the 5-11 age group.”

A parent or legal guardian is required to attend the vaccination appointment. Kent County Health Department has added some extended clinic hours.

Appointments can be made for all three KCHD clinic locations during regular business hours by calling (616) 632-7200.

Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use in children ages 5 to 11.