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Covid-19 vaccines available for children from 6 months to 5 years

North Carolina, Charlotte- Starting Thursday, June 23, the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department (MCPH) will begin offering the Covid-19 pediatric vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years of age at some of its locations.

On June 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for children in this age range.

The CDC follows the guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which authorized the two vaccines on Wednesday, June 15.

“Best defense against Covid-19”

Pfizer’s vaccine was already licensed for children 5 years and older and adults.

For its part, the Moderna vaccine is authorized for children under 5 years of age and adults over 18 years of age.

The CDC will meet in late June to recommend Moderna’s vaccine for 6-year-olds to 18-year-olds.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the vaccine to all of our residents and hope that you will consider vaccinating your entire family, to give everyone the best protection,” said MCPH Director Dr. Raynard Washington.

“Vaccination remains the best defense against severe illness, hospitalization and death from Covid-19,” he added.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the vaccines are available in the state from Monday, June 20.

It’s free for all children

The NCDHHS indicates, “that all children 6 months and older can receive the Covid-19 vaccine for free, even if they do not have health insurance and regardless of their immigration status.”

Families with questions about Covid-19 vaccines should talk to their child’s doctor.

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How will they be managed?

Pfizer vaccine: it is currently authorized for three doses, and will cover children from 6 months to 5 years.

It is authorized to be administered in a series of three doses. The first two doses three weeks apart, and the third dose at least eight weeks later (this third dose is not considered a booster for children).

Moderna’s vaccine: it is authorized to be given in two doses four weeks apart and will cover children from 6 months to 5 years. Moderna is testing its third dose, with results from those studies expected this summer.

Both vaccines are reduced or pediatric doses, different from the doses for children 5 years of age and older and the one for adults.

MCPH Vaccination Sites

  • Sede del Northoeste: 2845 Beatties Ford Road
  • Southeast Headquarters: 249 Billingsley Road

Schedules

-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It is closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

-Wednesday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm It is closed for lunch from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

*This Saturday, June 25, vaccination care against Covid-19 will be offered at the Northwest headquarters, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

*People can come to both locations without making an appointment. However, people who prefer to make an appointment can do so online by following the link: https://book.appointment-plus.com/d0pdr29g/#/

If you have questions, you can call 980-314-9400, dialing option 8 for Spanish, or option 3 for English.

For more information you can visit the page: https://www.mecknc.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Home.aspx

Where else to get the vaccines

Where can young children be vaccinated?

Children between the ages of 3 and 5 have the option to get vaccinated at a pharmacy, grocery store, community events, as well as a local doctor’s office or health center.

While children under 3 years of age cannot be vaccinated by a pharmacist.

Families of children who do not have an established medical provider can visit the following site to find a vaccination center near them:

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/informacion-sobre-las-vacunas-contra-el-covid-19?utm_source=vacunate.nc.gov&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=(none)

An interactive map and listing of community Covid-19 vaccination sites in Mecklenburg County can be searched by visiting the site:

https://www.mecknc.gov/COVID-19/Pages/vaccine.aspx

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