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Health Dept. setting appointments for pediatric COVID vaccine

by Kate Evans   

The Morgan County Health Department is offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine appointments for children 5-11 years of age.  To schedule an appointment for a child age 5-11, call the Morgan County Health Department at 304-258-1513, option 1 for clinical.

Leave a message with name, telephone number and the age of the child who will received the vaccine.  Allow 24 to 48 hours for a return callback.

Information from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) explains that children age 5-11 can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.

Kids can get COVID

DHHR Health officials noted that “children can get COVID-19, can have short and long-term health complications even from mild cases, can get very sick from COVID-19, and in some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death.”

“Although children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, it is still possible,” say health officials.

Children with underlying medical conditions are more at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  Children that get sick with COVID-19 can develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

Clinical trials showed the pediatric vaccine to be safe and effective and more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children with no reported serious side effects.

Vaccinating children can help protect other family members that aren’t eligible for COVID-19 vaccination or those who are at risk of serious illness if infected.

Children ages 5-11 will receive a two-dose vaccination series with the second dose given at least three weeks after the first dose.

No local pharmacy,

pediatric practice options

Reeds’s Pharmacy in Berkeley Springs is not currently signed up to offer the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 and is waiting for more details from the Pharmacy Board, said company officials Monday.

Walgreens in Berkeley Springs doesn’t offer the Pfizer COVID vaccine- – only the Moderna.

Walgreens in Martinsburg plans to offer the pediatric   Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 but hasn’t received the vaccines yet, they said.  Families can call the store at 304-262-4697, option 1 to schedule an appointment for their child’s vaccine or they can schedule their appointment online at the Walgreens website.

West Virginia University Family Medicine in Berkeley Springs is not offering COVID-19 vaccines below the age of 12 at this time.

City Pediatrics & Primary Care in Berkeley Springs is not offering the pediatric   Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11, but recommends it.

River Bend Family Medicine in Hancock only offers Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

School voucher incentive

A $150 voucher for school supplies is being offered through the Healthy Grandfamilies vaccination incentive program for all West Virginia grandfamilies with children age 5-11 getting vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a press release from Governor Jim Justice.

Grandfamilies are families where grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.

To qualify, all vaccine-eligible members of the grandfamily, including grandparents and children age five and up must have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The family must also be enrolled in West Virginia State University’s Healthy Grandfamilies program.

Tina Badley at Morgan County Starting Points is listed as the county Healthy Grandfamilies contact on the program’s website.  Badley can be reached at 304-258-5600.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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