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UNC Rockingham Health Care to offer pediatric vaccines on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Jan. 21

UNC Rockingham Health Care to offer pediatric vaccines on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Jan. 21

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EDEN —  Beginning Jan. 21, Fridays and Saturday will be designated days for individuals ages 5 to 17 to receive COVID-19 vaccines at UNC Rockingham’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

The move, which limits days that children and adolescents can receive vaccines, allows the clinic to more efficiently manage pediatric vaccine allocations to ensure availability and reduce waste. The clinic is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. No appointments are required for children to receive a vaccine on a Friday or Saturday, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Adults may still receive a vaccine any day the clinic is operating.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDA have updated guidance for booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children. Adolescents ages 12 to 17 may now receive a booster dose five months after receiving the initial Pfizer series, an interval that was shortened by one month. In addition, the federal agencies now recommend that children ages 5 to 11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive a third primary dose 28 days after their second shot. Parents should consult with their child’s doctor to determine if a third dose is needed.

The UNC Rockingham Vaccine Clinic offers children and adolescents both primary and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are current options for primary doses or boosters for adults, however, Moderna will only be available for a limited time at the clinic. Those who need a second shot or a booster and previously got a Moderna vaccine, may get Pfizer as an additional dose. The interval for adults between the Pfizer initial series and the booster has also been reduced to five months. No interval changes were made for adults who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson: six months for Moderna and two months for Johnson & Johnson.

UNC Rockingham Vaccine Clinic is behind the hospital at 518 S. Van Buren, Suite 2.

Contact Susie C. Spear at, (336) 349-4331, ext. 6140 and follow @SpearSusie_RCN on Twitter.


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