Health Dept. gets Pfizer version of Bivalent vaccine for kids
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department announces they now have the Pfizer version of the Bivalent Covid 19 vaccine for kids between six months and four years.
They will begin administering it on Monday at the 3rd Street, Birchwood, Ooltewah and Sequoyah health centers.
No appointment is necessary.
Children ages 6 months through 4 years who are currently completing the Pfizer 3-dose primary series will receive the Pfizer bivalent vaccine as their third primary dose.
If they have already completed a 3-dose series with monovalent vaccines, they are considered up to date. No fourth dose or booster is recommended for this age group at this point.
“This Updated COVID-19 vaccine is formulated to protect against some of the more recently circulating viruses. During the winter months, COVID-19 vaccines will be critical to providing ongoing protection as immunity wanes and the virus continues to mutate. The COVID-19 vaccine remains the most effective tool in preventing severe illness. We encourage parents to talk with their child’s pediatrician about the vaccine,” says Dr. Stephen Miller, Hamilton County Health Department’s Health Officer.