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Lexington Health officials now offering Covid vaccine for babies and toddlers

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Fayette County is once again listed as High on the chart of COVID community levels. Officials with the local health department have announced they are offering Moderna COVID vaccines for children ages 6-months to five years old.

Kevin Hall is the spokesman for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

“Here are the Lexington Health Department, it’s only the Moderna vaccine for this age group. The Pfizer vaccine seems to be pretty widely available throughout central Kentucky and already we’re seeing people coming from different counties to our health department just because they want to be able to get the Moderna vaccine,” Hall explained.

He said the vaccine will protect more than just the child.

“So you’re protecting grandma and grandpa who might be coming to visit or living there. You’re protecting anyone with compromised immune systems, this will help so many members of the community, specifically to the family and the community at large.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the same side effects seen with routine childhood vaccines have been seen in the studies of these vaccines. They are things like soreness and redness where the shot was administered.

Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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