Here’s what you need to know. – Community News

Here’s what you need to know.

Pharmacist AJ Oliver gives Royce Harvison, 8, her pediatric dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Monday at Panama Pharmacy, a few days after the injections were approved for ages 5 to 11."As adults we were very hesitant to get the vaccine so we waited a while but we saw friends and family were affected and it became very real," said her mother, Crystal Turner.

On Nov. 2, a COVID-19 vaccine for young children received federal approval. Within days, pharmacies in Northeast Florida began offering the first shots, and other entities will start this week.

Here’s what you need to know:

Coronavirus: Pharmacies, Duval County Public Schools Offer New COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11

CDC recommends Pfizer vaccine:COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11, shots expected to be rolled out this week

Who can do the trick?

Federal approval from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Ages of 12 and older were already eligible; now up to 28 million younger children are eligible across the country.

What is the dosage?

The vaccine for young children is one third the dose of the vaccine for 12 years and older. To date, approximately 425 million full doses have been administered in the United States. The childhood vaccine will be delivered in two shots at least three weeks apart.

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