December Vaccination Clinics for ages 5-11
November 5, 2021
Dear Chimacum Families,
As you may know COVID-19 vaccination has been approved for children ages 5-11. Jefferson County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Management will be offering pediatric vaccination clinics in East Jefferson beginning November 13.
Pfizer vaccines for children are also available at some area pharmacies and through healthcare providers. Click here to learn more: https://jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/1529/COVID-19-Vaccine
or call the Department of Emergency Management Call Center at 360-344-9791.
Here is some information on vaccination availability for kids of families who choose to get their children vaccinated.
- The FDA and CDC, as well as a Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, have reviewed safety data and concluded the vaccine is safe and effective for ages 5-11 in Washington State. This process opens up the availability of the Pfizer vaccine for kids age 5-11 in our state.
- The COVID vaccine is NOT a required vaccine for children attending the Chimacum School District. We have no indication that a COVID-19 vaccine will become a required school vaccination this school year.
- Parents or guardians that choose to get their children vaccinated should contact their child’s healthcare provider first and then try other locations. Locations offering COVID-19 vaccines may be found here. It’s a good idea to check with the location to see if they have child vaccine doses before arriving. (https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/)
- The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years old is administered as a two-dose series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms).
- Much like adults, children may also experience some side effects from the vaccine.
- More information on what to expect when getting vaccinated may be found here. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html)
- The American Academy of Pediatrics created a video to help families understand how the vaccine works. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOlrNlvEiMw)
- According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.
- “We need to get our kids vaccinated,” Dr. Allison Berry, Jefferson County Health Officer said, “We are seeing an incredible strain on our schools to help keep students, staff and their families safe during this global pandemic. Vaccinating your child brings everyone another step closer to getting back to normal.”
Have a terrific weekend and stay dry!
Scott Mauk, Ed.D.