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(COLUMBIA, MO) - After review and authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doses of COVID-19 vaccines are now recommended for individuals aged 6 months or older.

The new guidance for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 6 months to 4 years includes a 3-dose series. The first and second doses should be separated by at least 3 weeks and the second and third doses should be separated by at least 8 weeks.

The new guidance for use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 6 months to 5 years includes a 2-dose series. The shots should be separated by at least 4 weeks.

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Parents or guardians should speak to their child's doctor if they have specific questions.

There is currently no FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 6 months. These children should not receive any COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) will offer Pfizer vaccination appointments to this age group when the vaccine supply arrives. Other local vaccinators may offer COVID-19 vaccinations to the new age group but it is recommended to contact the provider to confirm availability.

Updates about when appointments are available will be posted on PHHS social media pages and on CoMo.gov/CovidVaccine.

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