June 22, 2022
Contact: Bonnie Obremski, COVID-19 Communications Specialist for Jefferson County Public Health: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson County Public Health to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 6 Months and Older
JEFFERSON COUNTY—Jefferson County Public Health will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to children aged 6 months and older beginning the first week of July. Parents and guardians may make an appointment for their child by calling 360-385-9400.
Moderna vaccine will be available for children 6 months to 5 years old. Pfizer will be available to children 5-18 years old (first, second, or booster dose).
“We recommend children get vaccinated against COVID-19 because it reduces their risk of severe disease if they catch the virus,” said Dr. Allison Berry, Health Officer for Jefferson and Clallam counties. “Severe disease in children is not common, however it can happen, especially if a child is unvaccinated.”
Side effects of the vaccine are rare among young children, according to clinical trial research. Side effects, if they did occur, were commonly a sore arm or low-grade fever. Those effects tended to get better within two days, on their own. (Any fever of 104 degrees or higher should be treated according to a doctor’s recommendations).
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations for children by visiting the Washington State Department of Health’s website by clicking here.
UPDATE 06/23/22: An earlier posting of this release contained an error regarding what COVID-19 vaccine offerings would be available at the clinic for children in July. That has been corrected.