Parents interested in getting their baby or young children vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to do it from this week on in the state of Louisiana.
After the FDA announced last week that two vaccines had been approved for emergency use for kids aged six months to 5 years, and the Louisiana Department of Health has announced that they’ll be available from this Monday.
“Vaccines have saved thousands of lives in Louisiana… The benefits of getting young kids vaccinated against COVID-19 are profound for families and particularly profound for the most marginalized families out there”, said the state health officer Dr. Joe Kanter this Monday to the media.
He also mentioned that even though the state health department recommends for every eligible child to get the COVID shot, it will not be required for children to attend public school this year.
Twenty thousand doses of the vaccines have been pre-ordered to be administered around the state, and Kanter also added that supply would not be an issue. They will be delivered to pediatricians, doctors, and other health centers around Louisiana throughout the week.
Children will be able to get two different vaccines:
- Moderna – two-dose series, authorized for those aged six months to 5 years
- Pfizer – three-dose series, approved for children six months to 4 years
If you want to get an appointment to vaccinate your child, call your pediatrician or family doctor.
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