Colorado parents are urged to schedule COVID shots now to be ready for school

Colorado Parents Are Urged To Schedule Covid Shots Now To Be Ready For School

DENVER — Parents of children under age 5 will begin receiving messages today from the state health department asking them to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 before preschools return to school.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that children between six months and 5 years old receive three doses of the Pfizer vaccine or two of the Moderna vaccine. Both contain the same ingredients as injections given to adults and older children, but in smaller doses.

Babies younger than six months are not eligible for the vaccines, but they may receive some protection against serious illness if their mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy.

It takes between 11 and 16 weeks to complete the Pfizer series and four to eight weeks for Moderna, said Heather Roth, head of immunization at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. That means parents shouldn’t delay if they want their children to be protected before school starts, especially since the body doesn’t develop its highest level of protection until about two weeks after the final injection, she said.

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