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Vaccines for youngest Kentuckians now available through UK HealthCare

Ted S. Warren/AP
Syringes with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots for children aged 6 months to 4 years old are shown, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at a University of Washington Medical Center clinic in Seattle. COVID-19 shots for children between 6 months and 5 years of age were given federal authorization over the weekend. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months are now being administered at UK HealthCare.

Following emergency use authorization by the FDA and the CDC, UK HealthCare is now offering both the Pfizer and Moderna versions of the COVID vaccine for the last group to be protected – children between the ages of six months and five years old.

The Pfizer vaccine involves a longer process. It’s a three-dose series, with the second dose given three to eight weeks after the first and the third eight weeks after the second. The Moderna option offers quicker full protection in the form of a two-dose series with the second administered four to eight weeks after the first.

Parents are strongly encouraged to set an appointment at ukvaccine.org. The site will send a confirmation email with an access code that allows you to schedule an appointment.

Residents can email vaccine@uky.edu with any questions.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.