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Milwaukee Offering No-Appointment Vaccination For Everyone Six Months and Older

CDC authorizes COVID-19 vaccination for those ages six months to four years.

By - Jun 22nd, 2022 05:04 pm
Photo by CDC from Pexels

Photo by CDC from Pexels

Starting Thursday, June 23, the Milwaukee Health Department will begin giving free, no-appointment COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone six months or older.

Children previously needed to be at least five years old to get a vaccination, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have now both approved the use of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children as young as six months.

“This is a significant step in protecting all Milwaukeeans from COVID-19,” said Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson in a statement. “Getting your little ones vaccinated means they can stay in school, daycare, and summer camps. It means they can help protect their classmates, friends, family members, neighbors, and teachers. It means parents and guardians can breathe easier knowing their youngest children will be protected. I strongly recommend vaccinating this newly-eligible group as soon as possible and ensuring everyone in your household is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters. Together we can keep our community safe and healthy.”

The department will offer the vaccines for free with no appointment necessary at the Northwest Health Center (7630 W. Mill Rd.), Southside Health Center (1639 S. 23rd St.) and Menomonee Valley site (2401 W. St Paul Ave.). Any vaccine-eligible individual can receive a dose.

Hours for the northwest and southside facilities are currently Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those facilities also offer other immunizations.

The Menomonee Valley site is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals can pre-register online to save time.

In a press release, the health department noted that during the winter omicron-variant surge, children under five years old were hospitalized at a rate five times greater than when delta was the dominant variant. The studies for both vaccines were found to reduce the rate of infection. The vaccines are expected to decrease the rate of illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

The Pfizer vaccine for children six months through four years of age is a three-dose series, Moderna’s vaccine is a two-dose series.

Those seeking an at-home vaccination can call 414-286-6800. Vaccinations are also available from additional providers.

More information is available on the health department’s website.

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