Pueblo, CO –   The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced it will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to children ages six months through five years beginning Monday, June 27. The announcement follows the approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines.

Parents or caregivers are encouraged to call their doctor and schedule an appointment. If your doctor does not offer COVID-19 vaccine, please call the health department to schedule an appointment. Some pharmacies are offering the vaccine for children ages three and older, call to schedule.

Approximately 9,000 children in Pueblo County comprise the newly eligible age group, according to 2020 estimated data.

“We’ve sacrificed so much for more than two years while trying to keep our families safe from COVID-19 and now we finally have approved vaccines to protect our youngest residents. This is a major step towards returning to normal activities,” said Randy Evetts, public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children ages 6 months through 5 years will be available at the health department’s clinic. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may be given to children ages six months through four years of age in 3 doses, with a 3-week interval between the first two doses, followed by a third dose at least 8 weeks after the second dose. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be given to children six months through five years of age in two doses with 28 days between the two doses.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 13.5 million children in the U.S. have been infected with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, and although most children experience mild symptoms, more than 42,000 have been hospitalized in the U.S. and at least 1,240 children aged 18 and younger have died.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children six months through five years of age will be held at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, 101, W. 9th Street on Mondays, starting June 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Medical experts will be available at each clinic to answer questions and offer information and guidance. To make an appointment call (719) 583-4380.

Information about COVID-19 vaccine in Pueblo County is available at pueblohealth.org/vaccine.

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