Hoosiers ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and local health officials hope that kids will get one dose before family gatherings at Thanksgiving. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday it has authorized the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for that age group. “Having a COVID-19 vaccine available to our younger Hoosiers is a game changer in terms of our efforts to keep children healthy and in school for in-person learning,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box in a news release. “Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine if they are exposed but have no symptoms, so I encourage parents to get their children vaccinated if they are eligible.”
“Getting at least one dose in a child prior to Thanksgiving is important,” said Christine Stinson, Wayne County Health Department executive director. “Even one dose provides some level of protection for the others they will come into contact with, like their grandparents.”
WCHD has received 300 pediatric Pfizer BioNTech doses. Families were in a line for a special evening clinic on Nov.