Covid-19 vaccine now available for infants, young children

Published 12:06 pm Friday, June 24, 2022

The youngest of children are now eligible to receive the free Covid-19 vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

 

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines received FDA emergency use authorizations in mid-June, and the state of North Carolina began its roll-out on June 20.

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According to NCDHHS, children ages 6 months to younger than 5 years get a smaller vaccine dose than any other age group. 

Children between the ages of 3 and 5 have the option of getting vaccinated at a pharmacy or grocery store in addition to a doctor’s office or local health center. 

Children under 3 years are not able to be vaccinated by a pharmacist. 

Parents and guardians of children who do not have an established medical provider can visit MySpot.nc.gov to search for a nearby vaccine provider. 

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized and approved for children ages 6 months to 5 years. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for ages 6 months to 6 years. 

 

Contact the Polk County Consolidated Health and Human Services Agency, 161 Walker St. in Columbus, for more information by calling 828-894-8271. For additional vaccine locations, visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.