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Indiana offering COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11

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Indiana offering COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All Hoosier children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine after the federal government on Tuesday authorized the pediatric vaccine, state health officials said.

The Indiana Department of Health said Wednesday the Pfizer vaccine — the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for people under age 18 — will be available at a walk-in clinic outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Additional locations across Indiana's 92 counties are expected to be updated throughout the day, health department officials said.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, parents can additionally schedule an appointment online for their child to receive the vaccine.

“Having a COVID-19 vaccine available to our younger Hoosiers is a game changer in terms of our efforts to keep children healthy and in school for in-person learning,” state health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said in a statement.

Vaccine supplies could initially be limited in some places as shipments arrive on a staggered basis, according to the state health department. State health officials said last week that Indiana expects to receive 200,000 additional COVID vaccines intended for the state’s roughly 600,000 5- to 11-year-olds

A parent or guardian must provide consent, and children under 16 must be accompanied to the vaccination appointment by an adult. Parents are also advised to ensure in advance that they visit a site carrying the pediatric dosage, which is lower than the dosage for those ages 12 and older.

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