Tower Health to begin offering pediatric vaccine Tuesday | Berks Regional News

WEST READING, Dad. — Tower Health will begin offering the pediatric version of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is one-third the dose administered to adults.

The Berks County-based health system said Tuesday it would begin giving the vaccine at two doses to current patients between the ages of 5 and 11 by appointment.

The second dose should be given 21 days later, officials said.

“Vaccinating this segment of the population is so important because it will prevent further spread of the virus and reduce the chance of the virus mutating,” said Dr. Olubunmi Ojikutu, chair of pediatrics at Reading Hospital. “We are fortunate that the COVID vaccinations are effective in preventing serious diseases against the current strains.”

Tower Health said it continues to develop plans for a wider rollout of the vaccine, which is a third of the dose adults receive.

In the meantime, parents and guardians of patients at Tower Health Medical Group (THMG) Pediatrics – Wyomissing, St. Christopher’s Pediatric Associates Northeast Pediatrics, Reading Hospital Children’s Health Center, and Reading Hospital Family Healthcare Center can contact their pediatrician to schedule an appointment. to make.

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