With the addition of the Moderna booster and the federal government’s announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11, the health department is announcing a new vaccination schedule.

COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 are now available on Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and after 3 p.m. by appointment only.

The CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, assured parents the science behind the decision to recommend the vaccine for younger kids is sound, and said the shots will protect them and others from getting sick.

“In clinical trials, vaccination was found to be nearly 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 among children ages 5-11. In clinical trials, vaccine side effects were mild, self-limiting,” she said. “The most common side effect was a sore arm.” The vaccine is given to children in two shots, administered three weeks apart, at one-third of the dose given to adults and adolescents.

Walk-in appointments are available from 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday–Friday for adults (18 and older) wanting the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. For adults wanting the Moderna booster, walk-in appointments are available from 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Appointments after 2 p.m. are available by calling 740-342-5179.

Walk-in appointments for the seasonal flu vaccine are available from 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Perry County Health Department is working to keep you healthy where you live, work and play. For more information about any program or service offered by the Perry County Health Department, contact us at 740–342–5179 or visit us on online at perrycountyhealth.info.

Deborah Raney is the director of health education and a weekly contributor to the Perry County Tribune.

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