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ADPH: COVID vaccine for kids now available in Alabama

ADPH says the dose for children in this age group is smaller than those for adults. The vaccine will be given as a two-dose series three weeks apart.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Wednesday announced that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available to kids ages 5 to 11.

"Alabama expects to have an adequate vaccine supply to meet demand, and more vaccine will be arriving each day as orders are filled," ADPH said in its announcement.

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ADPH says the dose for children in this age group is smaller than those for adults. The vaccine will be given as a two-dose series three weeks apart.

"While young children often have milder illness than adults, COVID-19 outbreaks in children are common. In the past four weeks, 4.5% of COVID-19 cases have been in children up to 4 years old, 8.1% have been in ages 5 to 11 and 6.2% have been in adolescents 12 to 17 years of age," said ADPH.

To find a vaccination site near you, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard online.

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