COVID-19, flu vaccine comfort clinic for children to be held Nov. 12

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) will host a COVID-19 and flu vaccination comfort clinic Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PHHS, 1005 W. Worley St., Columbia.The comfort clinic is available to children ages 6 months through 18 years who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 and/or flu vaccine but are anxious about needles or the process of receiving a vaccination. Appointments are required to attend this clinic: bit.ly/3BesCyrThe comfort clinic is sensory-friendly and will have extra comfort measures available to patients including anxiety-reducing activities, private rooms for vaccination, distraction tools and volunteers trained in evidence-based child life therapeutic interventions.Primary doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available for ages 6 months through 18 years. Updated/bivalent Pfizer booster doses will also be available for those ages 5 years through 18 years. The updated booster is recommended as a single booster dose at least two months following primary or previous booster vaccination. COVID and flu vaccines (for children) at PHHS are free and do not require ID or health insurance. Parental consent forms are required for anyone under the age of 18.In addition to these clinics, vaccination opportunities are available with other local vaccinators. The list of vaccinators and their information can be found by visiting: CoMo.gov/CovidVaccine

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