Kids COVID vaccines approved

Teton County children aged five to 11 can now get inoculated for COVID-19. After authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration and the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized and recommended for children five to 11 years of age.

Teton District Health Officer, Dr. Travis Riddell says, “As a local pediatrician I am an excited that the COVID-19 vaccine for this age group was approved and is shown to be safe and effective after rigorous testing and evaluation.” Dr. Riddell says that by vaccinating this portion of Teton County’s population, it is hoped it will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and that this age groups is protected against both severe acute illness and the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Teton County Health Department will host separate COVID-19 vaccine clinics specially for children 5–11 years old due to the different vaccine storage and preparation requirements. Those clinics will be on November 11th from 10:00 am to 6:45 pm, November 13th from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, and November 18th from 10:00 am to 6:45 pm. Appointments can be made by calling the health department scheduling center at 732-8628.

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