Douglas County Health Department Prepares to Vaccinate Young Children for COVID

June 21, 2022, 5 p.m. ·

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COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna were approved for children as young as 6 months on Saturday. (Photo by CDC on Unsplash)

The CDC has approved giving children as young as 6 months old the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, local health leaders are ready to take this next step in fighting the COVID-19 virus.

Children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old can now receive the COVID vaccine. Phil Rooney, spokesperson for Douglas County Health Department, said over 150 advance appointments were made for the first clinic held on Tuesday.

“It is important for children to receive the vaccine, because while we know children are less likely to have severe symptoms, COVID-19 is a top ten pediatric cause of death,” he said.

Rooney said this step from the CDC is significant, as 6 months is the standard age at which children begin receiving all vaccinations. Rooney also said the vaccines have been thoroughly tested, and concerned parents should consult a pediatrician.

“We would just suggest you talk to your pediatrician, your normal healthcare provider, someone that you trust, someone that you know. You get the best information you possibly can from them,” he said.

The Lincoln Lancaster County Department of Health told Nebraska Public Media News it is waiting to receive the lower-dose vaccines for children and will then announce how parents can get their kids the shots.

Rooney said the Douglas County Health Department is hosting another vaccine clinic for young children on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the health department building.