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Northern Michigan Clinics and Doctor’s Offices Ready for Infant COVID Vaccines

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Now that federal health officials have cleared the way for COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old, doctors and clinics around the country are making the shots available.

FDA and CDC advisers to make shots available. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers are now eligible for a lower-dose vaccine from either Moderna or Pfizer.

Northwest Michigan Health Services is one of the places now scheduling those appointments. While younger children are generally at lower risk of severe COVID-19 compared to their older peers and adults, many children have been hospitalized.

Tammy Sorensen is the Northwest Michigan Health Services Director of Community Health and Operations. “The calls have ticked up a little bit, asking questions, trying to get more information based on the new approval from the CDC,” she says. “I think it is important. It’s time and we’re ready. The vaccine is safe. Children are the most affected right now. They’re the ones ending up in the hospital. It’s just going to provide that much more protection as well as that confidence, for kids and for parents.”

NMHSI will hold their first clinic on Thursday in Benzie County, at 6051 Frankfort Highway. The hours are 1-4 p.m. and they will accept appointments and walk-ins. Other vaccines available for other age groups available at locations in Traverse City, Manistee, Ludington, and Shelby. For more information . NMHSI is a full health clinic that also provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services.

Experts say these immunizations can also be administered along with other routine vaccinations. Most  children between 6 months and 5 years old will get shots through their regular pediatricians or family doctors. Meanwhile a growing number of sites are being added to which allows users to search for providers in their local area, and to filter for either Pfizer or Moderna shots.