Pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to Reed Township

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Reed Township will host a pediatric vaccination clinic for children ages 5 to 11 on Monday, Nov. 22.

The Will County Health Department has set up a handful of partner locations this month for parents who want their children to receive the first dose pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.

The clinic will take place at the Reed Township Hall, 440 N. Division St. in Braidwood.

The dose of pediatric Pfizer vaccine for those aged 5 to 11 is a very specific dose, and parents are asked to sign up only for children in that age range.

Children age 12 and older are eligible for the regular first dose of Pfizer vaccine.

There is no vaccine available for those 4 years old and younger.

The pediatric vaccine is a two-dose series. Parents will be able to make their child’s second appointment—which will take place three weeks after the first dose—during the first appointment.

The clinic is for Will County residents.

Parents are asked to bring their children at their scheduled time, and not before, and masks are required.

All individuals will be screened for symptoms and will be rescheduled if not well enough to receive vaccine at the time of their appointment.

Registration for the clinic can be found online, at https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/miyhh/

Pediatric vaccinations are also available during clinics at the Will County Health Department, 501 Ella Ave. in Joliet, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation for children ages 5 through 11 years to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month.

The announcement followed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expansion of the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children in late October. Previously, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized for use in individuals ages 12 years and older. The vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years is a smaller dose, one-third of the dose for individuals 12 years and older.

“I encourage parents who may have questions about COVID-19 vaccines for their children to talk with a pediatrician or family doctor,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Medical experts and scientists have reviewed the data, which included clinical trials with more than 3,000 children receiving the vaccine, and have recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children. While most children do not suffer severe COVID-19 illness, some do. We also know children are great transmitters and can unknowingly infect people who could suffer severe illness. We need as many people as possible, including children, to be vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus and end this pandemic.”

According to the CDC, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 11 years in clinical trials.

Side effects commonly reported in children, although less frequent compared to adolescents and adults, were generally mild to moderate and included injection site pain (sore arm), redness and swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle and/or joint pain, chills, and fever. Side effects occurred within two days after vaccination and went away within a day or two.

Pfizer Inc. will continue to monitor the safety of the vaccine and will be required to report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, along with providers, all serious adverse events, cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, cases that result in hospitalization or death, and vaccine administration errors.

Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for use in individuals 18 years and older and will continue to be available to adults.

Of the total population of Illinois, 67% have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 61% are now fully vaccinated.

According to IDPH, as of Nov. 13, the test positivity seven day rolling average in Will County is 4.3%, an increase over the past 10 days, where it sat at 3.3% on Nov. 13.

Statewide, new cases of COVID-19 increased 29% from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, the total number of cases in the 60481 zip code is 1,609. In the 60408 zip code, the total cases are now 817.

Localized data is not available currently, as the Will County Health Department has not updated geographic or school aged data since Oct. 4.

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