The Georgia Department of Public Health, or DPH, and health districts throughout Georgia will offer Pfizer pediatric COVID vaccine to children 5-11 years old, following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Vaccinations will begin once DPH receives clinical guidance from the CDC.
That guidance is expected in the coming days, according to a news release.
There are about 987,000 children 5-11 years old in Georgia now eligible for COVID vaccine, the release said. Vaccine providers include medical practices, pediatric practices, family medicine practices and public health clinics statewide. Pediatric COVID vaccine will also be available at pharmacies, community health centers, and schools.
The pediatric Pfizer COVID vaccine is authorized for children as a two-dose series taken three weeks apart.
The dose for children ages 5-11 is one-third of the dosage of the vaccine for adolescents and adults. In clinical trials, vaccination was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among younger children. Vaccine side effects were mild and temporary. The most common side effect was a sore arm.
To find a COVID vaccination location, log on to dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.