COVID-19 vaccines for young children coming to clinics
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Children ages 6 months to 5 years will have access to COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday at clinics in the Southern Nevada Health District.
The health district will offer the Pfizer vaccine, a three-dose series, at its clinics located on the West Charleston and North Las Vegas campuses of the College of Southern Nevada, at the Galleria at Sunset, at the Boulevard Mall inside El Mercado and Southern Nevada. Community Health Center Clinic at 280 S. Decatur Blvd.
The health district will also begin offering the Moderna vaccine, a two-dose series, tomorrow at the health center clinic at 280 S. Decatur Blvd.
Vaccine availability for young children follows recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee for Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and state Food and Drug Administration authorization for use -United.
- The Pfizer vaccine is licensed for children 6 months to 4 years old and is a three-dose series. The second dose is given three to eight weeks after the first dose. The third dose is given at least eight weeks after the second dose. (Available at several health district clinics.)
- The Moderna vaccine is licensed for children aged 6 months to 5 years in a two-dose series, with the second dose given four to eight weeks after the first dose. (Available at 280 S. Decatur Blvd.)
Children in this younger age group can be vaccinated with any available vaccine.
Children who have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated, as the vaccine can provide additional protection against the virus. Children who have been infected with COVID-19 can receive the vaccine three months after the onset of their symptoms, or if they were asymptomatic, three months after receiving a positive test. Children can also safely receive other vaccines on the same day they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
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