Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday announced a series of events to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 against the COVID-19 virus.
He said the “Protect Nevada’s Future” program will include pharmacies, pop-up clinics and provider offices throughout the state that will offer Pfizer’s vaccine for ages 5 to 11.
He said the program comes ahead of holiday gatherings that, with the new omicron variant added, could result in another surge in infections. He said the goal is to prevent that surge.
The vaccines are administered in a similar fashion as the adult Pfizer vaccines, a two dose series 21 days apart.
Sisolak said clinical trials indicate the vaccine is 90.9 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in children. He said vaccinating children further safeguards members of the community who can’t get vaccinated because of immune system problems or because they are younger than 5.
He said interested parents or guardians can find a vaccine site at nvgovidfighter.org or by calling 800-401-0946.