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Kids as young as 6 months could get COVID-19 vaccines soon in Indiana

A child gets the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Their shirt is pushed over their shoulder as a medical provider gives them their dose into their arm.
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The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday COVID-19 vaccines are now available for Hoosiers as young as 6 months old.

The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday COVID-19 vaccines are now available for Hoosiers as young as 6 months old. The agency said shipments of the vaccines will continue to arrive this week.

In a news release, IDOH said the vaccines will be available at private health care providers, local health departments and some hospitals and pharmacies.

It expanded its vaccine site map to show providers that will offer vaccines for this age group. But the agency recommends parents and guardians call ahead to these providers to make sure they have doses available, due to staggered vaccine delivery dates.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver said in a statement many vaccine providers are requiring appointments, due to limited supplies.

“Because vaccines are still arriving in Indiana for this age group, we ask for a little more patience to allow supply to catch up with demand,” Weaver said in a statement. “As with every stage of vaccine rollout, we will see increased availability in the coming days as more doses arrive in the state.”

The state is working with its external vendor to open its vaccine registration portal to appointments for kids under 5.

The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine is two doses given 21 days apart and a third dose 11 weeks after the second. The Moderna pediatric vaccine is two doses given four weeks apart, with no third dose at this time.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized pediatric vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for children as young as six months. On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its sign off.

To find a pediatric vaccine provider, go to OurShot.IN.gov or call 211.

This story has been updated.

Contact Lauren at lchapman@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @laurenechapman_.