Central District Health Department administering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for children aged 5-11. The central district health department was already helping administer the pediatric vaccine from Wednesday morning.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, CDHD health director Teresa Anderson said six children had come in for their first doses. She added that now may be the time for eligible children to protect themselves against the virus.

“Since the Delta variant emerged, we’ve seen a rapid increase in the number or percentage of pediatric cases, and that age group, 5 to 11, could account for a third of the cases now,” Anderson said.

Anderson continued to say that there were only small side effects that came with the childhood vaccine.

“The studies they’ve done show that the main side effect is arm pain. Some people worry about myocarditis or pericarditis, which is inflammation of the lining of the heart or inflammation of the heart muscle – they haven’t seen that in that particular age group,” she said. note.

A CDHD receptionist said she received many calls from parents wanting to know more about the pediatric vaccine. Anderson said anyone looking to get their child vaccinated can visit CDHD anytime between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday.

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