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COVID-19 shots for kids coming soon

Jackson County reports 61 new COVID-19 cases

With child-sized doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in Jackson County late this week and early next week, Jackson County Public Health is encouraging parents and guardians to seek out reliable sources of information about the shots.

Research shows newly available COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11 are safe and 90.7% effective at preventing COVID-19 in that age group, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In clinical trials, side effects in kids were mild, with the most common side effect being a sore arm at the injection site, the CDC said.

“It is completely normal and OK for parents and caregivers to have questions about vaccines for their children. Parents and caregivers are trying to keep their kids safe,” said Tanya Phillips, health promotion manager for Jackson County Public Health.

Jackson County Public Health encourages parents and caregivers to reach out to their medical provider, pediatrician or pharmacist if they have questions about COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

To get answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11 or 12-17, visit govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-vaccine-parents-guardians.

Kids ages 5-11 can receive a pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine that is one-third of the dose given to people 12 and older. Two shots are given three weeks apart.

The state of Oregon has authorized pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots down to age 3. COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized for everyone 5 and older. Research is underway to see if vaccination is safe for younger kids and babies.

Vaccination is authorized for pregnant women and reduces the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, having to go on a ventilator and dying from COVID-19. Antibodies from the mother pass to the baby, providing protection for newborn babies who lack fully developed immune systems, research shows.

For information on where to get vaccinated in Jackson County, call 211 or see jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments/where-to get-vaccinated-in-jackson-county.

Jackson County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority and The Expo have partnered to run another COVID-19 vaccination site at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Vaccines for kids ages 5-11 aren’t available at the site.

People 12 and older can receive their initial Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson doses, and the site is also providing booster shots.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Enter through Gate 1 1/2.

On Thursday, Jackson County reported 61 new COVID-19 cases and no new COVID-19-related deaths.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 1,211 new COVID-19 cases and 74 more COVID-19-related deaths. Some of the deaths are new and some are months old but are just now being reported because of a computer problem.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.