COVID vaccine for young children available at local clinics

The Pfizer COVID vaccine for children age 5 and older is available at two clinics in Linn County.

Robert Poole, spokesman for Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK), said that the Pleasanton and Mound City clinics had the vaccine for younger children. He said the organization was not able to make it available in all of its clinics.

The reason for that is that the vaccine can spoil if not used and there might not be sufficient demand in each of the clinics. He said the decision was made to make the vaccine available in at least one clinic in all the counties the organization serves.

On Monday, Feb. 14, Linn County Health Department Director Missy Lancaster told the Linn County Commission that the health department had received the COVID vaccine for 5- to 11- year-olds, and that a clinic would be set up during spring break to administer those vaccines.

In a later interview, Lancaster said the department had just ordered the vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds. Lancaster said that when they receive it, it will be given at clinics like the one at spring break because it has to be mixed and is only good for a short period of time.

The health department continues to have a COVID vaccine clinic for those 12 and older on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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