Dare and Hyde counties announce COVID vaccine clinics for kids ages 5-11

By on November 3, 2021

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In light of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) authorizations, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued this Nov. 3 release on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots becoming available for children ages 5-11.

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services is partnering with Surf Pediatrics and Medicine to provide a clinic for individuals 5-11 years of age. The clinic will be held at Surf Pediatrics and Medicine’s Kitty Hawk Office (5107 N. Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk) on Saturday November 13, 2021. Appointments are required. This clinic is only open for individuals 5-11 years of age.

To make an appointment for your child for this clinic,  please visit www.darenc.com/Register4Vaccine or call 252.475.5008. If you do not wish to wait for the clinic on November 13, 2020, you can call your local area pharmacy to set up an appointment to receive the vaccine through them.

The Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine is the only authorized vaccine to be administered to kids ages 5-11 at this time. We will continue to provide further updates and guidance around pediatric vaccination as they become available to us.

According to information provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), during the most recent surge, pediatric cases of COVID-19 rose by about 240% in the United States, demonstrating a need to protect children from the disease. Results from clinical trials that began in March 2021 showed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective to protect children ages 5–11 from COVID-19.

There were no safety concerns or serious side effects noted in the clinical trials. Temporary side effects for kids ages 5–11 are similar to older kids and adults and may include a sore arm, headache and being tired or achy for a day or so.

More than 3,000 children ages 5–11 participated in the trials with volunteers from different races and ethnicities (77% white, 6% African American/Black, 8% Asian, 17% Hispanic/Latinx and 7% multiracial). This is comparable to the number included in many similar clinical trials with children.

With the go-ahead to administer the vaccine to younger children, the Hyde County Health Department has announced it will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children ages 5-11 on Friday Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department, located at 1151 Main St. in Swan Quarter. Call for appointments at 252-926-4467.

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