Jun 21, 2022

Health Department planning under 5 COVID shots next week

Posted Jun 21, 2022 4:08 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Health Department will begin offering Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 6 months and over next week.

"We're thinking early next week," said director Karla Nichols. "We do not have the vaccine yet. We did pre-order, we just do not have it yet. They're saying we should get it later this week."

The Health Department is offering the Moderna vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years. They will receive a 2-dose series separated by 4-8 weeks. The CDC recommends the shots, whether kids have had COVID or not.

"They're still saying getting the vaccine is better protection for those kiddos," Nichols said. "It's going to last longer."

You'll need to call the Health Department to get the vaccine, if you want it right away.

"We have talked to the area doctor's offices," Nichols said. "As far as we know, we're the only one getting it in the community. Nobody else pre-ordered it. They may order it, but nobody else pre-ordered."

Always check with your child's doctor before having any vaccinations administered by the Health Department.