For more information on how to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine (First Dose, Third Dose, or Booster Dose), visit the link below.Schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine
With the CDC’s recent recommendation that beginning at 6 months old, all children should receive the COIVD-19 vaccine, our pediatric providers are preparing to vaccinate your littlest ones. If your child has a well visit scheduled, talk with your pediatric provider about including the COVID-19 vaccine in their immunization schedule.
If you don’t currently have an appointment on the books, know that we’re working hard to be ready to vaccinate our younger patients in the coming weeks. We will continue communicating our timeline with patients and the communities we serve. We will be holding vaccine clinics based on vaccine availability and staffing in our pediatric clinics.
For the sake of consistency, at this time Trinity Health IHA Medical Group pediatric offices will be offering 3-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 6 months and older, however the CDC does not have a preference for one COVID-19 vaccine over another. Trinity Health IHA Medical Group Pediatrics has been vaccinating children ages 12 and up since May of 2021, and we have confidence that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for our patients. We will consider carrying Moderna in the future. If you choose to get Moderna 2 dose series, we recommend calling your local health department.
Pfizer COVID vaccine is a 3-dose series for patients 6 month - 4 years:
Since November 2021, we have been using the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.It is a 2-dose series. Each dose is 1/3 the dosage of the adolescent/adult vaccine. this age group.
Children Ages 5-11 Years:
As of June 22, 2022, the CDC recorded:
10.2 million US children ages 5-11 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
8.3 million US children ages 5-11 completed the 2-dose vaccination series
There are questions about the need for additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read below to learn more about the difference between a booster shot and a third dose and the eligibility for each.
A COVID-19 booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine given after the protection provided by the initial dose naturally begins to decrease over time. The booster is designed to help people maintain their level of immunity for longer.
Everyone ages 5 years and older should get 1 booster after completing their COVID-19 vaccine primary series, if eligible.
You do not need to go back to the same IHA office you received your previous vaccines for boosters and third doses. Appointment availability may be limited at some practices. If you have trouble finding an appointment, you can visit the CDC Vaccine Finder website: www.vaccines.gov.
IHA is offering third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines and have a qualifying medical condition, based on FDA and CDC guidance.
Based on CDC recommendations, third vaccine doses are available now for people who are considered moderately or severely immunosuppressed and those:
Any person who fits the above criteria can receive a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as soon as 28 days after their second dose. If you are not sure whether you fit into any of these categories, please contact your medical provider.
An FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine designed to prevent the COVID-19 virus is the best hope for ending the pandemic. We know there are still many questions and concerns regarding these vaccines. That's why IHA and St. Joe's Medical Group remain committed to keeping you and our communities informed and educated as major developments occur.
More information is available about coronavirus on the State of Michigan coronavirus website.
If you have additional questions, you can reach the State's COVID Hotline at 1.888.535.6136.
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