Vaccines for children under 5 in East Carolina underway

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) — Protection from the coronavirus took another big step when children under five were vaccinated in Jacksonville.

State testing and vaccination partner StarMed Health began distributing doses this morning.

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that all children ages 6 months to 5 years should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Previously, the vaccine was only available to people over the age of five. It is a great relief for the Hansen family as they have been eagerly waiting for their children to be protected.

“I’ve homeschooled her on what we can do, but I feel bad because I couldn’t socialize her,” said mom Stefanie Hansen. “We can’t do the things you know normal kids can do.”

Hansen’s daughter goes to public school in the fall. “The only thing that makes me happy at school is making friends,” Sofia Hansen told us after receiving her injection.

Even StarMed officials like Dr. Arin Piramzadian wasted no time getting his son vaccinated. “The most important thing is to protect your children,” said Dr. Piramzadian. “It’s a very safe vaccine, it’s very effective. It keeps kids out of the hospital.”

StarMed accepts appointments for admissions, but also accepts walk-ins.

The Moderna versions for the teens are diluted and given in two doses four weeks apart, while Pfizer is given in three doses.

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