SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD) has not yet received their shipment of the new pediatric vaccine, but expects to receive it soon.
The CDC approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use, and SDHD expects to receive 4,500 doses according to the release.
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The vaccine will be distributed to local health care providers and pharmacies once the product is received, and providers can administer the vaccine once they receive theirs.
The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 5 receive this 2-shot series and can be given without regard to the timing of the other vaccines. This means that they can be given at the same time as other vaccines.
The pediatric vaccine contains one-third the dosage approved for ages 12 and older. Expected side effects may include pain or redness at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headache, chills, and muscle aches. These side effects range from mild to moderate and usually disappear within 1 or 2 days.