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Penn State Health Begins Vaccinating Young Children

Officials at Penn State Health have begun the long-awaited administration of Covid-19 vaccinations for children ages five and older.

The CDC cleared the way to immediately vaccinate this younger population with the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week.

During a news conference Wednesday, Dr. Patrick Gavigan, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, expressed great relief that younger children can now receive Covid-19 vaccinations.

He said it’s been frustrating dealing with widespread misinformation going around, that younger kids don’t get very ill if they contract Covid-19:

Jeanette Gibbs, Senior V.P. for Ambulatory Care at Penn State Health, said they’ll be giving the shots to the 5-11 year olds at dedicated sites in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lancaster counties.

Parents may schedule their child’s shots through the Penn State Health website, but Gibbs is asking for patience as they roll out this phase of the program:

Parents may schedule vaccinations online at or by calling the vaccine appointment hotline at 1-844-744-8883.