Teenage boy and mother smile as a nurse vaccinates him
2006 Content Provided by: Judy Schmidt This photograph shows a 13 year old male receiving an intramuscular vaccination in the deltoid muscle, from a nurse. Vaccinations are most often given via the intramuscular route in the deltoid or thigh muscle, to optimize the immune response of the vaccine and reduce the adverse reactions in and around the injection site.

by Robin Kemp

Kids ages 5 through 11 can get free COVID-19 shots this week and next, courtesy of Clayton County Public Schools and Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services.

The mass vaccination drive follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that children get the Pfizer pediatric vaccination.

You can bring your child to one of these locations on the dates noted:

  • Friday, December 3, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: International Center
  • Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Lovejoy Middle School
  • Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Charles Drew High School

Register online at https://forms.gle/wHUTTgL4khk9r5T8A.

Your child will need a second dose in January 2022, according to CCPS. Look for “Get Vaxxed Fridays” at area elementary schools in January and February 2022.

Learn more about vaccinating children against COVID-19 from PBS News Hour:

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpWSkFP9OS8[/embedyt]

Learn which vaccinations the CDC recommends for children as they reach different ages: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/vaccines-age.html

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