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COVID-19 shots for kids available in Jackson County

COVID-19 shots for kids ages 5-11 are available in Jackson County.
Many locations now offering shots for kids ages 5-11

Jackson County Public Health has listed several health care providers that are now offering COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11.

The recently approved shots are one-third the dose of vaccine given to people 12 and older, but are nearly 91% effective at preventing COVID-19, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The kid-sized doses are called the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.

Jackson County Public Health now offers the pediatric vaccine. To schedule an appointment, call 541-774-8209. Phone lines are often busy and wait times may be longer than usual, health officials cautioned.

The health care organization La Clinica has pediatric vaccines at its school-based health centers. See laclinicahealth.org/services/medical/covid-19-vaccination/ for more information.

Southern Oregon Pediatrics is vaccinating only current patients. Visit sopeds.com/About-Us/Latest-News/COVID-Vaccine-Available for more information on how to schedule an appointment.

Providence Pediatrics is vaccinating only current patients. Call the Medford location at 541-732-8370 or the Eagle Point location at 541-732-5720 to schedule an appointment.

For updated information from Jackson County Public Health about providers with pediatric vaccines and shots for those 12 and older, visit jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments/where-to-get-vaccinated-in-jackson-county.

Public Health officials noted the county website does not list all local providers who have pediatric COVID-19 shots.

“This is not a comprehensive list. We encourage parents and guardians to reach out to their pediatric provider, primary care provider and local pharmacy to see if they offer the vaccine to their patients and to schedule appointments. Pediatric vaccinations require a parent or guardian’s consent,” Jackson County Public Health said in a press release.

Pediatric vaccines aren’t yet available at the COVID-19 vaccination and testing site set up at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

Jackson County Public Health, Providence Health System and the Oregon Health Authority are working to add pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations to the site, Jackson County Public Health said Thursday.

Public health officials said they will provide an update when pediatric vaccines become available there.

For now, those 12 and older can get adult-dose COVID-19 shots and be tested for the virus.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, The Expo site will be closed Nov. 25-28.

For the Christmas holiday, the site will be closed Dec. 23-26.

Regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult-dose shots and booster shots are available.

Regular hours for the COVID-19 testing site at The Expo are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Register for testing at curative.com.

On Thursday, Jackson County reported 67 new COVID-19 cases and three more COVID-19-related deaths among Jackson County residents.

An 82-year-old man died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 59-year-old man died at the VA Medical Center in Portland and a 73-year-old man died at his residence.

On Thursday, hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 41 COVID-19 patients, the fewest since July 26, according to hospitalization data.

A late summer and fall COVID-19 surge overwhelmed Rogue Valley hospitals, peaking at 223 people hospitalized with the virus Sept. 1.

On Thursday, 19 hospitalized COVID-19 patients were in intensive care in the Rogue Valley, with four on ventilators, hospitalization data show.

Statewide, OHA reported 1,160 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 13 more deaths.

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