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.
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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