SMITHFIELD – The Johnston County Public Health Department will begin offering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for individuals six months to five-years-old beginning today, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
Vaccines are available on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of health insurance or immigration status. Parental consent is required and each patient, under 18-years-old, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- In general, the vaccines for children five and under are not interchangeable, and the same product should be used for all doses in the primary series. See CDC guidance for exceptional situations.
- As with all other age groups, COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered with other vaccines for children five and under.
- Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have both received FDA authorization.
Moderna’s primary series for ages six months- five years of age is two doses for non-immunocompromised children, and three doses for immunocompromised children.
- Non-immunocompromised children should receive their second dose 4-8 weeks after their first dose.
- Immunocompromised children should receive their second dose four weeks after their first, and their third dose at least four weeks after their second dose.
Pfizer’s primary series for ages six months- four years of age is three doses for all children in this age group.
- Non immunocompromised children should receive their second dose 3-8 weeks after their first dose, and their third dose at least eight weeks after their second dose.
- The administration for immunocompromised children is the same, but they should adhere to a three week interval between their first and second doses.
The Pfizer vaccine may be available at a later date at the Health Department for individuals six months to four-years-old. Continue to check the County’s COVID-19 dashboard or https://takemyshot.nc.gov/ for vaccine updates and availability.