The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has updated the eligibility criteria for local COVID-19 vaccine clinics to include children ages 5 through 11 years of age in accordance with updated authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). Please note: the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for those under the age of 18, and parental consent is required. “We have already seen strong effectiveness of these vaccines in preventing serious illness from COVID-19 in those aged 12 and older. People fully vaccinated also have a lower likelihood of getting infected and possible long-term complications from COVID-19 illness,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The currently authorized COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 – 11 years is ⅓ of the dose used for ages 12 and older. We encourage parents to consider it in order to protect their children.” For more information or […]
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