COVID vaccine available to 5-to-11-year-olds

By Herald Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that Hoosiers ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, parents who wish to schedule an appointment for their child to receive the vaccine can do so at www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211 or (866) 211-9966 for assistance.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that is currently authorized for use in individuals under age 18.

This announcement followed Tuesday's authorization of the pediatric vaccine by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Having a COVID-19 vaccine available to our younger Hoosiers is a game changer in terms of our efforts to keep children healthy and in school for in-person learning," said Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner. "Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine if they are exposed but have no symptoms, so I encourage parents to get their children vaccinated if they are eligible.”

Pediatric vaccine supplies may be limited initially as shipments arrive on a staggered basis. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment or call ahead to ensure that a site has vaccine available prior to visiting the location.

A parent or guardian must provide consent, and children under 16 must be accompanied to the vaccination appointment by an adult.

The pediatric dose of Pfizer is lower than the dosage for ages 12 and older, so parents should ensure they visit a site that carries the pediatric dosage. To find these clinics, visit https://ourshot.in.gov beginning Thursday and look for the pin designating sites with pediatric vaccine.

The pediatric vaccine was made available on a walk-in basis Wednesday at the vaccination clinic outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

As of Wednesday, a total of 7,133,806 doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 3,344,763 first doses and 414,620 booster doses. A total of 3,374,423 individuals are fully vaccinated.




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