CareArc to start distributing pediatric Bivalent COVID-19 for children as young as five

October 26, 2022

CareArc and Lyon County Public Health will begin distributing both the pediatric Moderna and the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent COVID-19 vaccines. These booster vaccines are available for children from 5 to 11 years old.

These boosters target two Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, which are by far the most contagious versions of SARS-CoV-2 to date, accounting for nearly 90% of cases in the United States.

CareArc is also offering Omicron booster for people older than 12 years old. The CDC recommends the new bivalent vaccine as a booster dose at least two months following your most recent COVID-19 vaccination. The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines is available for those 6 months and up.

To schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine, please call 620-342-4864.

CareArc’s COVID-19 vaccine schedule is as follows:

• Monday - Adult Moderna (18+) both bivalent (boosters) and monovalent (primary series)

• Tuesday - Pediatric Moderna (6+) bivalent (boosters) and monovalent (6 mo.+ primary series)

• Wednesday - Adult Pfizer (12+) both bivalent (boosters) and monovalent (primary series)

• Thursday - Pediatric Pfizer (5+) bivalent (boosters) and monovalent (6 mo.+ primary series)

“In the past, we have seen a winter spike in cases, and we are assuming this year will be no different,” said Melissa Smith, Community Health Manager. “By getting your children vaccinated against COVID now, it will help protect them from illness and keep them in school.”

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