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Atrium Health Navicent Now Offers COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Aged 6 Months and Older

Appointments are available at COVIDSafeGa.org

Atrium Health Navicent is now offering COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended in June that children aged 6 months through 5 years be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines have previously been approved for use in children aged 5 and older, and for adults.

“We are very excited that we have the COVID-19 vaccine available for children aged 6 months up through 4 years of age,” said Dr. Yameika Head, director of Clinical Practice – Pediatrics for Atrium Health Navicent Medical Group. “Vaccination is the best tool we have to protect our children from serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. This disease has not gone away. Children have suffered from COVID-19 complications and long-COVID, and some have died. We must do all we can to protect our children, including the most vulnerable babies and toddlers.”

COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, death and long-term complications, such as long-COVID and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a rare, but serious condition associated with COVID-19 and other viral infections in which different body parts – such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs – become inflamed.

Physicians at Atrium Health Navicent continue to urge that older children and adults become vaccinated, and that individuals receive a booster shot if eligible.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment visit COVIDSafeGa.org. A parent or guardian must accompany minors to all vaccine appointments.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org.