Covid-19 Vaccines Now Available to Children Six Months of Age and Older

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 27, 2022
CONTACT:
Natasha Young, Public Information Officer
PH: 770-531-5679 • FAX: 770-535-5958
natasha.young@dph.ga.gov

GAINESVILLE – COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized for everyone six months of age and older. Children will get a smaller dose of the vaccine than teens and adults based on their age on the day of vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and limiting the spread of the virus that causes it.

District 2 Public Health Medical Director, Zachary Taylor, MD., says, “Parents should discuss with their pediatrician or family doctor about vaccinating their child with the COVID-19 vaccine.”

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available at all District 2 health departments for children six months and older. The Moderna vaccine will be arriving soon. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not authorized for children.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone who is six months and older, and COVID- 19 boosters for everyone five years and older, if eligible. You are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccines. Vaccine recommendations vary depending on your age, type of vaccine received, and timing of your last dose.

Children five to eleven years old should get two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine three to eight weeks apart, and should receive their booster dose five months after their primary series has been completed.

Children six months to four years old should receive three doses total. Once a child is vaccinated with their first dose, they should receive their second dose three to eight weeks later; however, the interval between the second dose and the third dose is eight weeks.

District 2 public health departments offer walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. Visit phdistrict2.org to find a health department location in your county.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for adults and children go to cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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PROTECT NORTH GEORGIA COMMUNITIES FROM COVID-19

REDUCE THE SPREAD OF THE OMICRON VARIANT WITH A LAYERED MITIGATION STRATEGY

GAINESVILLE – COVID-19 cases have rapidly increased over the holiday weekend. The number of positive cases nearly doubled in Georgia since Friday due to the fast spreading Omicron variant. The recent spike in cases mirrors the first months of COVID-19 infections.

District 2 Public Health Director, Zachary Taylor, M.D., is concerned. “Vaccination is the most important strategy available to us against COVID-19 variants, but we must also continue to use a layered approach of protection to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

A layered approach means:
• Wear a mask while indoors despite vaccination status
• Get a booster if eligible
• Wash your hands often
• Social distance when possible
• Get a COVID test if feeling sick or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

District 2 Public Health has six FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing locations: Forsyth, Franklin, Hall (2), Lumpkin and Union counties.

Registration is available online and is highly recommended before arriving at the testing site to greatly reduce wait times:
• Visit phdistrict2.org
• Choose the testing location
• Register on the Mako or LTS website by inputting contact information and a valid email address
• Results will be sent to the email address provided within 48 hours

North Georgia residents are at a greater risk of infection and hospitalization from the Omicron variant, many communities are less than 50% fully vaccinated. In comparison, the state of Georgia has a vaccination rate of 53%.

District 2 Public Health officials are urging communities to stay vigilant and use all mitigation strategies available to minimize the burden on hospitals, families, and communities.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and to find district-wide COVID-19 data visit the District 2 Public Health website at phdistrict2.org.

One Year Anniversary COVID Vaccine

Our Best Protection Against COVID-19

Atlanta – One year ago today, the words Georgians had waited months to hear were finally being heard: “First shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Georgia.”

Twelve months since that first small allotment of vaccine, about 6,000 doses, and the initial shots were administered, more than 6 million Georgians have received at least one dose of vaccine, nearly 5.5 million Georgians are fully vaccinated, and 1.2 Georgians have gotten booster doses.

“Countless lives have been saved thanks to the COVID vaccine,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “A year ago, the vaccine couldn’t come soon enough – it gave us hope and a path out of the pandemic. People were anxious and lining up to get their shot.”

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is grateful to all public health and healthcare providers for their dedication and continuing work to get shots into the arms of Georgians.

“Our COVID vaccines are safe and effective and can prevent severe illness and death from COVID,” said Toomey. “If you are someone who wanted to ‘wait and see’ about the vaccine, please don’t wait any longer. As long as people are not vaccinated, COVID will continue to spread, and variants will continue to emerge.”

Currently, the Delta variant is responsible for more than 99% of new COVID cases in Georgia, primarily in unvaccinated individuals. So far, there are only 5 reported cases of Omicron variant in Georgia, but that number is expected to increase. Scientists are still studying Omicron to determine the severity of illness it may cause and how vaccines will hold up against it.

All Georgians aged 5 and older are eligible for vaccination. Booster doses of vaccine are recommended for adults aged 18 and older who completed their first series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or two months ago for J&J vaccine.

Along with vaccination and booster doses, the CDC recommends general prevention measures such as wearing a mask in public settings, staying 6 feet from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and frequently washing your hands to protect against COVID-19. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to someone with COVID should get tested.

To find a COVID vaccine or COVID testing location near you log on to dph.ga.gov. For additional information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov.

COVID Vaccine Recommended for Children 5-11 Years Old

Vaccination, with other preventive measures, can protect children from COVID-19

Gainesville – Following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and health districts throughout Georgia will offer Pfizer pediatric COVID vaccine to children 5-11 years old.

Vaccination will begin once DPH receives clinical guidance from the CDC; that guidance is expected in the coming days.

There are approximately 987,000 children 5-11 years old in Georgia now eligible for COVID vaccine. Vaccine providers include medical practices, pediatric practices, family medicine practices and public health clinics statewide. Pediatric COVID vaccine will also be available at pharmacies, community health centers, and schools.

The pediatric Pfizer COVID vaccine is authorized for children as a 2-dose series taken 3 weeks apart. The dose for children ages 5-11 is one-third of the dosage of the vaccine for adolescents and adults. In clinical trials, vaccination was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among younger children.

Vaccine side effects were mild and temporary. The most common side effect was a sore arm. 

To find a COVID vaccination location, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

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Vacuna COVID Ahora Recomendada Para Niños de 5 a 11 Años

La vacunación, con otras medidas preventivas, pueden proteger a los niños del COVID-19.

Gainesville – El Departamento de Salud Pública (DPH) y los distritos de salud de Georgia ofrecerán la vacuna COVID pediátrica de Pfizer a los niños de 5 a 11 años. Esta medida, se toma siguiendo la recomendación de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) y el Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP),

La vacunación comenzará una vez que el DPH reciba orientación clínica de los CDC; esta orientación se espera para los próximos días.

En Georgia hay aproximadamente 987,000 niños de 5 a 11 años que ahora son elegibles para la vacuna de COVID. Los proveedores de vacunas incluyen consultorios médicos, consultorios pediátricos, consultorios de medicina familiar y clínicas de salud pública en todo el estado. La vacuna COVID pediátrica también estará disponible en farmacias, centros de salud comunitarios y escuelas.

La vacuna pediátrica Pfizer COVID está autorizada para niños en una serie de 2 dosis recibidas con 3 semanas de diferencia. La dosis para niños de 5 a 11 años es un tercio de la dosis de la vacuna para adolescentes y adultos. En los ensayos clínicos, la vacunación fue casi un 91 por ciento efectiva para prevenir el COVID-19 entre los niños más pequeños.

Los efectos secundarios de la vacuna fueron leves y temporales. El efecto secundario más común fue dolor en el brazo.
Para encontrar un lugar de vacunación COVID, vaya a: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

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