MOBILE, Alabama – Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD), has received a limited amount of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.
Due to the limited quantity, pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations can only be done by appointment. Call 251-690-8889 for times and locations. MCHD’s new walk-in vaccination and testing clinic at Festival Center in West Mobile is not expected to receive the pediatric vaccine until at least next week.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for this age group is a reduced dose (10 micrograms), a series of two doses. The Immunization Practices Advisory Committee recommends that all children between the ages of 5 and 11, including those with underlying conditions and a previous infection with COVID-19, be vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19.
INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF ALABAMA
The Alabama Department of Public Health provided the following information from the CDC:
• Cases of COVID-19 in children can lead to hospitalizations, death, MIS-C (inflammatory syndromes) and
long-term complications, such as “long COVID”, in which symptoms can persist for months. The spread of
the Delta variant has resulted in an increase in COVID-19 cases in children throughout the summer. During a 6-
one week period end of June to mid-August, COVID-19 hospitalizations in children and adolescents
multiplied by five,
• COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety surveillance
in the history of the United States,
• Vaccination, along with other preventive measures, can protect children from COVID-19 by using the safe
and effective vaccines already recommended for use in adolescents and adults in the United States,
• Similar to what was observed in adult vaccine trials, vaccination was nearly 91% effective in preventing
COVID-19 in children aged 5 to 11. In clinical trials, the side effects of the vaccine were mild, self-limiting,
and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children. The most common
the side effect was a sore arm,
• Immunizing children will help protect them against COVID-19, thereby reducing their risk of
serious illness, hospitalizations or the development of long-term COVID-19 complications,
• Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruption
learning and in-person activities by helping to slow down community transmission.