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Sonoma County will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for children under the age of five

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Two COVID Vaccines Approved for Children Six Months to Five Years, and Sonoma County to Begin Giving Shots

The approval by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes about a year and a half since the first COVID vaccines were given to the arms of Americans.

Vaccines for children six months and older will be available at the County’s immunization clinic at the Roseland Community Center, 779 Sebastopol Road, in Santa Rosa.

“Our youngest children have had the longest wait, but there is finally a vaccine to protect them against COVID-19,” Dr. Urmila Shende, chief of Sonoma County Vaccines, said in a news release. “The vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing the worst outcomes of COVID. This is another must-have tool we have to keep our community safe from the virus.”

Appointments for pediatric immunizations can be made at myturn.ca.org beginning Tuesday, June 21, and the County Department of Health Services is reaching out to regional health care providers to get free immunizations for children.

Sonoma Valley Hospital said they are aware of the under-five vaccines that have been delivered to the county, and will request doses to give children in the coming weeks, Executive Director Cheryl Johnson said in an email.

Sonoma County received 1,600 doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, according to the news release. Pfizer’s dose for children is a tenth of the adult dose, and Moderna is a quarter of the adult dose.

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Like its adult counterparts, the doses will be given in two parts. The first two injections of the Pfizer vaccine will be given three weeks apart, followed by a third injection at least eight weeks later. Moderna injections will be supplied four weeks apart.

More information about vaccine availability and eligibility can be found on the County’s immunization clinic page: socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/vaccine-information/clinics.

Contact writer Chase Hunter at [email protected] and follow @Chase_HunterB on Twitter.

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