Pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now available in Catawba County. The vaccine cleared all the necessary federal review processes and is available at many local pediatrician offices, retail pharmacies and at Catawba County Public Health.
Last week, the FDA cleared smaller doses – a third of the amount that is given to teens and adults – for children ages five to eleven. As with all other routine vaccinations for children, the Pfizer pediatric dose’s clinical trial results have been evaluated by federal agencies and independent advisory groups, which conduct a thorough review to ensure it is safe and effective for children.
Parents and guardians who wish for their children to receive the vaccine can call their child’s pediatrician, schedule an appointment with a pharmacy offering children’s doses, or schedule an appointment through Public Health by calling 828-282-2002 or by requesting an appointment online at www.catawbavaccine.org.
According to information released by Catawba County Public Health, during the peak last winter, Catawba County had 144 cases among children in a ten-day period. This August, during the Delta surge, there were 222 cases in a ten-day period. Public Health says more than one in five cases are in children.
Local providers also continue to administer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals age 12 and over and boosters to eligible adults who want to receive them. These regular doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available at many locations throughout Catawba County, including some local physician offices, pharmacies and urgent cares. For a list of vaccination providers near you, go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. To schedule a vaccination through Catawba County Public Health, call 828-282-2002 or go to www.catawbavaccine.org.