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COVID vaccines available to kids ages 5 to 11 Nov. 9, 16 and 18 at drive-through clinics

CASPER, WYOMING (November 4, 2021) – Per the CDC and FDA’s emergency use authorization earlier this week, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) will administer Pfizer COVID vaccinations to children ages 5 to 11 Nov. 9, 16 and 18 at drive-through vaccination clinics.

As the Delta variant has surged across the globe, COVID cases in children have resulted in hospitalizations, long-term symptoms, and even death in some cases, and vaccinations are the best protection against COVID in all populations. Even in asymptomatic cases, children contribute to spreading the virus. “This is a huge step forward in keeping kids, daycares, schools, parents, grandparents and our entire Casper community healthy and safe,” CNCHD Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said.

All COVID vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most scrupulous safety monitoring in US history. Children in the 5-11 age group will receive lower doses of the vaccines, which was based on findings from these extensive studies. Pfizer is currently the only brand approved for use in anyone under the age of 18.

The CNCHD will be administering vaccinations to children 5-11 at drive-through COVID vaccine clinics Tuesday, Nov. 9, Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds parking lot. Parents should plan to bring ID and insurance information, if available. Vaccines are free to individuals and insurance is not required. Due to staffing limitations, vaccinations are not being administered to 5 to 11 year-olds at the CNCHD clinic at this time.

COVID tests as well as all COVID vaccines for all individuals over 11 are available for free Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30 at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, located at 475 S. Spruce Street.