SSM Health offered drive-thru clinics for COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 on Saturday.
The clinics were held at five different SSM Health locations: St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, SSM Health Medical Group in Wentzville, Florissant and Sappington.
Last week, the FDA granted emergency use approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.
The government agency said the extensive vaccine studies conducted by the drug manufacturer prove the vaccine is both safe and effective for children in this age group.
They will be on a two-dose regimen, with only a third of the dosage being given to those 12 and older.
The CDC recommended a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children on Nov. 2.
Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 20,000 Missourians ages 5 to 9 have tested positive for Covid.
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