June 23, 2022

Kirksville, MO 6/23/22 – The Adair County Health Department begins administering Pfizer three-dose COVID-19 vaccines to children ages six months to four years old beginning Thursday, June 30. The vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following review of clinical trials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) have recommended the vaccination.

The CDC data indicates that more than two million children in this age group have contracted COVID-19. Some 200 of them died, ranking the disease the fifth cause of death among them.

The Adair County Health Department will administer the vaccine to children ages six months to four years old on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. There is a three-week interval between the first two doses and an eight-week interval between the second and third doses. Parents should call the Health Department at 660-665-8491 to schedule a Thursday morning appointment for their children in this age group. Upcoming clinic dates are June 30, July 7, 14, 21 and 28.

The Health Department will also continue administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to residents ages 12 and older on Tuesdays and to children ages five through 11 on Thursday afternoons.

Vaccine clinics for those ages 12 and older are Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m., July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Clinics for those ages 5 through 11 are Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m., July 7, 14, 21 and 28.

There is no cost for the vaccines. To schedule a time on the appropriate day, call the Health Department at 660-665-8491. The Health Department continues to offer its vaccination incentive program. Those who initiate their vaccines with the Health Department receive a $50 gift card to either Casey’s, Hy-Vee, Walgreens, or Walmart, while supplies last.