County Health Departments vaccinating children ages 5 through 11
Mississippians as young as five can now receive their COVID-19 vaccine starting today at all county health departments.
The state has ordered an additional 51,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to help accommodate the newly approved five to 11-year-old age group.
Kids in that age range will be vaccinated with two 10 microgram doses of the vaccine 21 days apart, a dosage that is one-third of the adult dose.
News 25 reached out to Singing River Health system, who, like the state department of health, encourages all eligible people to get vaccinated.
Dr. Tyler Sexton, the medical director of Singing River Pediatrics, says that while the mortality rate of COVID-19 in children is less than one percent, the vaccine can prevent the worse from happening to your family. “Most of the kids do amazingly well but I’ve also had the parents, of course in my career, this is not about COVID, not any other slant, I have had people ask what can I do, what could I do differently, how can you help, what have I done? The truth is if you could look at yourself and say getting the vaccine may have helped this not happen or that not happen, it’s worth considering. We love you in the system. We love our kids. We love our Coast, but these are ways we can protect ourselves in case the what if does happen.”
Vaccine appointments are available for all county health departments and other health care providers including independent and retail pharmacies.
If you’re unsure about the vaccine for your child, you are encouraged to speak with your pediatrician.