Local youngsters ages 5-11 are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department Director Rebecca Johnson announced Wednesday parents can begin scheduling vaccinations for their children by calling the local health department at 620-365-2191.
The CDC officially recommended the Pfizer vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds last week, marking the first time Americans younger than 12 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.
The vaccine is given in a two-dose series, with the second dose to be given at least 21 days after the first.
Only Pfizer has been approved for 5- to 17-year-olds, Johnson said.
There is no recommendation at this time for a booster for this age group.