Hamilton County to begin administering COVID-19 shots for young children

Pfizer shots available for ages 6 months through 4 years; Moderna approved for 6 months through 5 years

COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months are now available in the Chattanooga region, giving parents who eagerly waited 18 months since the first COVID-19 vaccines for adults arrived in Hamilton County an opportunity to better protect their children from the coronavirus.

The Hamilton County Health Department announced Friday that staff will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 shots to children ages 6 months through 4 years old at all Hamilton County Health clinics beginning Monday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical organizations now recommend people 6 months to 5 years of age receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The department will only be administering Pfizer shots to that age group.

"The health department has been receiving calls from parents asking when we will begin giving the COVID-19 vaccine to the youngest members of our community.