The CDC has approved pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 for kids ages 5 to 11.
Knox Community Hospital is offering the 2-dose vaccine for children in its Pediatric Services Department in the Wright Family Medical Pavilion.
According to Margaret Somple, DO, a pediatrician with KCH, the American Association of Pediatrics recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all children and adolescents 5 years of age and older who do not have contraindications using a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use for their age. In addition, children with prior infection or disease with SARS-CoV-2 should receive COVID-19 vaccination, according to CDC guidelines.
“I fully support vaccination against COVID-19. This vaccine is safe and effective, and the benefits of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the potential risks,” stated Dr. Somple. “Vaccinating children will protect their health and allow them to fully engage in all of the activities that are so important to their health and development. I would not recommend anything for your family that I would not do for my own. Last week, my children were vaccinated here at the Wright Family Medical Pavilion.”
Families may call the COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling phone number: 740.399.3840. There will be a separate prompt for the pediatric vaccine scheduling center, and a triage nurse will ask initial screening questions before scheduling your child’s appointment. If you are a current patient with KCH Pediatrics, you may also call your physician’s office to schedule.