Mesa County Public Health Accepting Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccination in Children 5-11

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FILE – This October 2021, photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. (Pfizer via AP, File)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – With the approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and authorization by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is now accepting appointments for pediatric patients.

Based on 2020 population estimates, 8.5% of Mesa County’s population is in the 5-11 age group. This new approval makes this population eligible to receive the vaccine for the first time. Previously only individuals age 12 and older were eligible.

Due to the specialized nature of these visits, appointments are required. A parent or guardian will be able to schedule the appointment and must sign a consent form. MCPH will offer Saturday appointments for these pediatric vaccinations.

In a statement, MCPH said, “The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the delta variant. CDC data show that in August 2021, the risk of dying from COVID-19 in the U.S. was more than 11 times greater for unvaccinated people than for fully vaccinated people.”

The MCPH online appointment system is open for individuals in the newly approved group to schedule appointments.

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