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Kansas counties, pharmacies taking appointments for small children to receive COVID vaccine

Reno County Health Department in Hutchinson, Kansas
Reno County Health Department in Hutchinson, Kansas(KWCH 12)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 10:36 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced Monday that they would follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years old should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) vaccine advisers have determined that the vaccine has been “well-tolerated” among the children who received it in clinical trials.

Currently, only one pharmacy in McPherson says it has COVID-19 vaccines in stock for children ages 6 months and over. According to vaccine.gov, Chennell Family Wellness, LLC, located in McPherson, has Pfizer-BioNTech available for ages 6 months to 4 years old. The pharmacy said it administers vaccines on most Thursdays. To schedule an appointment, call the office at 620-504-5996.

The Sedgwick County Health Department hopes to have its vaccine doses for small children in by Friday. The health department will provide the Pfizer vaccine to children under five without insurance or who have CHIP or Medicaid/KanCare at its Main Clinic, 2716 W. Central. Vaccinations are given by appointment. To schedule, call 316-660-7300. Parent/guardian consent is needed for anyone under 18 to receive a vaccine. Children with insurance will need to get the vaccine from their pediatrician or local pharmacy.

The Reno County Health Department will begin administering Moderna vaccines during its normal operating hours next week. Children ages 6 months to 5 years will receive a 2-dose series separated by 4-8 weeks. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 620-694-2900. Select option 6 for scheduling. The vaccine is free to any Reno County resident, regardless of citizen status or insurance.

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