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Atrium Health Navicent Now Offers COVID-19 Vaccine for Everyone Aged 5 and Older

Atrium Health Navicent is now offering COVID- 19 vaccines for everyone aged 5 and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that children aged 5 through 11 be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, death, 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.

Vaccines have previously been approved for use in children 12 and older, and adults.

Vaccination was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among children aged 5 through 11 in clinical trials.

“As a parent and a health care executive, I’m excited that the younger children in our community now have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Atrium Health Navicent President and CEO Delvecchio Finley. “Although the number of local cases has decreased, it’s still crucial that everyone aged 5 and older takes advantage of the protection afforded by a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination remains our proven best method to reduce the spread of this deadly pandemic. Get vaccinated today to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 through 11 are available by appointment at:

· Atrium Health Navicent Primary Care West Macon, 3780 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon

· Atrium Health Navicent Children’s Care Downtown Macon, in their new location at 1014 Forsyth Street, Suite 100, Macon

Physicians at Atrium Health Navicent continue to urge that older children and adults become vaccinated as well. First and second vaccine doses also are available at Atrium Health Navicent Primary Care West Macon and Atrium Health Navicent Children’s Care Downtown Macon.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, or booster appointment, visit COVIDSafeGa.org. Vaccine availability is allocated and managed by the state. A parent or guardian must accompany minors to all vaccine appointments.

"Vaccines work! This is the best defense we have to try and protect our children,” said Dr. Yameika Head, director of Clinical Practice – Pediatrics for Atrium Health Navicent Medical Group. “We believe and study science and as a pediatrician, I wouldn't suggest anything to my patients that I wouldn't do for my own child. Protect your child.”

Vaccinated individuals and those waiting to be vaccinated are encouraged to continue to practice COVID-safe behaviors including wearing a mask in public, social distancing and frequent handwashing.

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 well-being 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.


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