SRHD supports authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for little kids

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Regional Health District supports the authorization of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five and under.

Doses of vaccines will be offered at back-to-school vaccination clinics in early August.

The CDC recently approved authorization to give Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for young children starting at six months old.

“Many parents and caregivers have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children in order to protect them from severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death,” SRHD Health Officer Dr. Francisco Velázquez said. “Having the vaccine available will help ensure our children can maintain a high level of immunity so they can continue to safely participate in in-person learning, extracurricular activities, play dates, and sports. Doing so is critical to their mental and physical well-being.”  

Velázquez says parents should contact their healthcare provider to find more information on vaccine locations and if their healthcare provider is offering COVID-19 vaccines to their patients.

Our children are at a lower risk of severe disease and hospitalization, but they are not immune from it,” Velázquez said. “We continue to see pediatric cases of COVID-19 in our hospitals, which increased with the Omicron wave. Data shows that COVID-19 vaccines for ages 6 months and up are not only effective, but safe, and adverse side effects are rare.” 

The following places have confirmed that they will provide Pfizer vaccines in some of their locations:

  • Providence clinics 
  • Consistent Care (will also offer Moderna; will see non-established patients) 
  • CHAS Health  
  • Mount Spokane Pediatrics (will see non-established patients) 
  • MultiCare  
  • Kaiser Permanente  

Click on this map of all the different locations where vaccines are provided.

“The vaccines continue to be effective in reducing [the] risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the Delta and Omicron variants,” Velázquez said. “We continue to see highly effective protection against hospitalizations and severe outcomes for people who are fully vaccinated.”

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