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Covid-19 vaccinations for kids younger than 5 now administered in El Paso

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EL PASO, Texas -- More than two years since the start of the pandemic, the Borderland's youngest population can now get a Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccines for children under 5 years old are finally being rolled out at different sites across the city.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized Moderna and Pfizer's shots over the weekend, followed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation.

"It's great that we're able to finally get this going. I think this is what's going to also be a big shift with with trying to slow down the spread," said Jose Luis Salas, infection prevention and control director for El Paso Children's Hospital.

Moderna's vaccine will be given in two dose four weeks apart at 25 micrograms each dose, to infants and children 6 months through 5 years of age.

Pfizer's will be slightly different. The three-dose primary series will be a 3 microgram dose given to infants and children 6 months through 4 years.

With many of the students starting school for the first time, Salas said this is the perfect time for kids to get vaccinated. "I believe school starts in August. So by then, we have to take into consideration that you do not become immune after you complete the last dose. And it takes two weeks for that to kick in."

El Paso Children's Hospital will begin administering Pfizer's vaccine starting Thursday. You can call (915) 298-5433 to schedule an appointment or visit www.elpasochildrens.org/vaccine for more information.

Immunize El Paso is administering both Pfizer and Moderna's vaccine at their three clinics either by appointment or via walk-ins. You can call 915-533-3414 or visit their website.

The City of El Paso just announced the city's COVID clinic will also begin administering the vaccines. You can walk-in or visit epcovidvaccine.com

You can also call your child's pediatrician for more information.

Brianna Chavez

Brianna Chavez is an ABC-7 reporter/producer.

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