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Cincinnati Children's to start administering COVID-19 shots to kids under 5 next week

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Cincinnati Children's will start administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to kids six months to 4 years old next week.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorizations for Moderna's vaccine to include children 6 months through 17 years and Pfizer/BioNTech's for children 6 months through 4 years.

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Then on Saturday, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5, clearing the way for vaccinations to be administered in that age group.

Children's enrolled more than 1,500 volunteers in 11 clinical trials of COVID vaccines, including over 400 children who were 6 months or older.


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The appointments will be available starting Wednesday at Children's Burnet Campus.

The first clinic at the Liberty Campus will be Thursday, June 30.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine now can be given as a three-dose primary series, at 3 micrograms each dose, for use in infants and children 6 months through 4 years. The vaccine is administered as a two-dose primary series at 10 micrograms per dose for children 5 to 11 and at 30 micrograms per dose for adolescents and adults ages 12 and older.

Completing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine series is a longer process, as the first two doses are administered three weeks apart, and then the third dose is given eight weeks later.

Those who want to schedule an appointment can call 513-517-1100.

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