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The Dripby Fern Shen2:38 pmOct 6, 20230

Free coronavirus vaccinations for kids coming soon, Baltimore officials say

The Health Department just got a batch of pediatric Covid shots they’ll be making available for those six months and older

Above: Many parts of the country report difficulty getting an appointment for children to the latest covid shots. (jhu.edu)

Good news for Baltimore area parents looking to get their children vaccinated against the coronavirus as winter approaches and an uptick looms:

They will be able to do so at a free clinic soon, city officials say.

“The Baltimore City Health Department received its first shipment of vaccines for children yesterday,” spokesman Yianni Varonis told The Brew.

As soon as the agency schedules a clinic to provide the free pediatric Covid shots, it will be posted on the website, Varonis said.

Parents began inquiring after the announcement of a walk-in clinic held today for adults ages 18 and older.

Shots Scarce for Kids

When federal health officials last month recommended the updated coronavirus vaccines for everyone six months old and older, they “cited data showing that infants, along with older adults, have the highest rates of covid-associated hospitalizations,” according to the Washington Post.

And yet, nationwide, the rollout of the updated coronavirus shots – targeted to the latest and most transmissible variant of the virus – has been especially challenging for parents and physicians seeking to immunize children.

Some pharmacies reportedly are not taking a lot of appointments for children because they don’t have as many of the child-sized doses of the vaccine.

Experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge patience and recommend parents keep checking with their physicians and pharmacies.

Meanwhile, here’s the CDC’s information page on Covid-19 vaccinations for children.

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