Spokane doctor explains differences in COVID vaccine for little kids

SPOKANE, Wash. – The littlest children can now get vaccinated against the coronavirus. 

This past week, the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were approved for kids as young as six months old. 

“This is really going to give them some peace of mind, allow their kids to get back to being kids again,” said Dr. Gretchen LaSalle, Family Physician with the MultiCare Rockwood Clinic. 

Dr. LaSalle says that some parents have expressed concerns about the long-term effects of vaccines. She says these vaccines are just like any others that are given to adults and kids. Any symptoms you might see will show up within the first weeks. 

Additionally, vaccines are administered slightly differently to younger kids. 

“We have that option to vaccinate in the thighs, so that swelling could be more in the thigh area, the inguinal region, than in the underarm area,” LaSalle said. 

Moderna’s vaccine is administered to little kids in two doses. Pfizer’s vaccine is a three-dose series.

States across the US have begun vaccine orders for more than 18 million children who are now eligible.  

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