The first doses of the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids nine to five were given during a news conference at the DCCHS administration building.
The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) have officially commenced administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages five to eleven.
On Tuesday, the county said that it received a shipment of the Pfizer version of the vaccine after U.S. health officials approved the pediatric shot.
The public health department stated that staff members received training on administering smaller pediatric doses and the new syringes. Following the training medical staff was ready to begin administering the shots on Wednesday.
During a news conference at the DCHHS administration building on Wednesday, the county administered the first vaccine doses to the newly eligible population. Following this event, the county was officially released to commence administering the pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to Dallas county kids who qualify.
The introduction of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine comes nearly a year after the first doses of the adult version were administered to the Dallas public in December 2020.
The pediatric version of Pfizer’s vaccine comes with orange caps to unmistakably contrast with the purple caps that come with the adult vaccine vials.
NBC 5 reported that about twenty-five children and their parents lined up patiently to receive their shots. A reporter with the station posted photos of some county kids between ages six and eight who received their vaccines on Wednesday.
According to the county health department, the county expects to receive nearly 7000 doses this week in addition to the initial shipment already received.
The county offers free vaccines for all citizens, insured or not. Children are to come with a parent or legal guardian.