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DHSS OK’s Vaccine Recommendations for Kids Ages 5-11

FILE - In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. The pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If authorized, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to be get immunized against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

(Missourinet) The Missouri Health Department has adopted the CDC’s recommendation for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is given as a series of two doses, three weeks apart. In clinical trials, the vaccine was found to be more than 90-percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in children age 5-11. Vaccine side effects were mild and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children. The Department says these are normal signs that their body is building protection, but they should go away in a few days. The most common side effect was a sore arm.

According to census data, more than 533,000 of Missouri’s population includes children age 5-11 who will now be eligible for vaccination.



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