Central District Health Department administering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) — The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for children ages 5 to 11. Central District Health Department has been helping administer the pediatric vaccine since Wednesday morning.

As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, health director for CDHD, Teresa Anderson, said they had six children come in to get their first doses. She added that it might be a good time for eligible children to be protected from the virus.

“Since the Delta variant came on the scene, we’ve seen a rapid increase in the number or percent of cases that are pediatric, and this age group, 5 to 11, may now be a third of cases,” Anderson said. .

Anderson continued to say that there were only minor side effects associated with the pediatric vaccine.

“Studies they’ve done show that the main side effect is a sore arm. Some people are concerned about myocarditis or pericarditis, inflammation of the lining of the heart or inflammation of the heart muscle — they haven’t seen that in this particular age group,” she noted.

A receptionist at CDHD said she has received many calls from parents wanting to learn more about the pediatric vaccine. Anderson said anyone who wants to have their child vaccinated can visit CDHD between 8am and 7pm on Thursday.

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