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APH now offering Covid vaccines for kids and babies

Thursday, June 23, 2022 by Tai Moses

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that kids 6 months through 5 years get vaccinated for Covid, Austin Public Health is expanding its vaccination program to include this age group. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, said in a news release, “This vaccine expansion comes at a critical time when we’re dealing with new subvariants and high community transmission. These vaccines will help to protect your children from severe Covid-19 symptoms and being hospitalized.” APH staff who have special training to administer shots to babies and young children are offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines at Shots for Tots clinics and through the Mobile Vaccination Program. APH Director Adrienne Sturrup said, “The expanded availability is another milestone in building our community’s resiliency and protection from Covid-19. Families with little ones can visit their doctor’s office or APH to get the vaccine and stay up to date on boosters. Vaccines at our clinics are free and do not require identification, insurance, or proof of citizenship.”

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