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Central Valley Health District preparing to administer pediatric COVID vaccines

The Pfizer pediatric COVID vaccines will be administered as a two-dose series three weeks apart, which is the same time period between doses for individuals 12 and older.

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Central Valley Health District in Jamestown is preparing to administer pediatric COVID vaccines during a vaccination clinic Thursday, Nov. 11, after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday, Nov. 2, Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID vaccines for children ages 5 to 11.

COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, inflammatory syndrome and long-term complications such as “long COVID” when symptoms can linger for months, according to the CDC’s website.

Central Valley Health has received about 200 pediatric Pfizer doses of COVID vaccine, said Robin Iszler, unit administrator at Central Valley Health. She said Central Valley Health is not anticipating any shortages of the pediatric Pfizer doses.

“We are anticipating more to come, but just because this is the first shipment of it, there are limited quantities,” she said.

Anytime families have an option to pursue vaccinations for their children it is a “great step in the right direction,” said Rob Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools.

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“These things are family decisions,” he said. “We are happy that families have that choice to make.”

The Pfizer pediatric vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5 through 11 who received the vaccine with no serious side effects being detected in the ongoing study, according to a press release sent Tuesday by Central Valley Health.

The Pfizer pediatric COVID vaccines will be administered as a two-dose series three weeks apart, which is the same time period between doses for individuals 12 and older.

The pediatric doses are 10 micrograms compared to 30 micrograms for those 12 and older.

“That is not unusual to see vaccine doses being different among age groups,” Iszler said. “Some of the first flu vaccines that I saw, there were different doses for pediatrics versus adults. Now that has been evened out and changed.”

Iszler said the pediatric vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old and the COVID vaccine for those 12 and older are not interchangeable.

She said parents should not wait until their child’s birthday to get their child vaccinated if they have children who are 11 years old and are near age 12.

“Whatever their age is at the time of vaccination, that is the dose they should receive,” she said. “If they are 11 1/2, they should receive the child dose. If they are 12 they can receive the adult dose.”

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COVID booster shots

Central Valley Health is giving COVID booster shots for all COVID vaccines . The booster shots are only available to adults 18 and older.

“Moderna people are coming in for Moderna; Pfizer coming in for Pfizer,” Iszler said. “Johnson & Johnson people ... they have more flexibility of all three of the types.”

She said the booster doses can be mixed and matched with whatever primary COVID vaccine doses an individual previously received.

“If you are eligible for a booster dose and you don’t know what you should have, I would just stick with the primary what I had at the beginning if I had Pfizer or Moderna,” she said. “If I had Johnson & Johnson, then I would take Pfizer or Moderna.”

She said clinics and pharmacies have been busy giving booster shots to individuals who want it. She said Tuesday that 100 people are signed up to receive their booster shots on Friday, Nov. 5.

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Central Valley Health holding vaccination clinics

Central Valley Health will hold a COVID vaccination clinic for children ages 5 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the main entrance of the Jamestown Civic Center.

Central Valley Health is administering COVID booster shots to individuals 12 and older from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, at the Buffalo Mall.

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Individuals 12 and older can receive the primary doses of the COVID vaccine at the following times, dates and locations in November:

  • 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Central Valley Health District.
  • noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the S&R Truck Plaza.
  • noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Buffalo Mall.
  • noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the S&R Truck Plaza.
  • noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Buffalo Mall.
  • noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the S&R Truck Plaza.
  • noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Buffalo Mall.

All attendees must preregister to receive the vaccine at www.centralvalleyhealth.org/covid-vaccine .

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Stutsman County has 82 total cases of coronavirus

Stutsman County has 22 new cases of coronavirus and 82 total active cases, according to information released Wednesday, Nov. 3, from the North Dakota Department of Health.

Other counties in the Jamestown area with new cases include Wells, five; LaMoure, four; Foster three; Barnes and Griggs, two each; and Dickey and Kidder, one each.

The daily positivity rate in Stutsman County is 3.57%. Stutsman County has reported 87 total deaths related to coronavirus and 4,488 total cases since the pandemic began.

The vaccination rate is 58.6% for individuals 12 and older who received at least one dose and 55.6% for those 12 and older who received two doses.

The vaccination rate is 84.5% for individuals 65 and older who received at least one dose and 81.2% for those 65 and older who received two doses.

North Dakota has 3,474 total active cases. The daily positivity rate in the state is 6.4%.

There have been 1,779 deaths related to coronavirus in North Dakota since the pandemic began.

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Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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