Shots for tots against COVID-19 begins in Dodge County

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(ABC 6 News) – Tuesday, Dodge County became one of the first locations in Southeastern Minn. to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as six months old. But, no one showed up on the first day of shots.

While Dodge County public officials say the low turnout is surprising, it can be attributed to timing.

"We did have an idea that there may be a struggle to get individuals signed up today just because of that Fourth of July celebration," said Dodge County Public Health Director Amy Evans.

The CDC approved the vaccines for children aged six months to five years old last month. Some parents have been hesitant, despite assurance from top doctors.

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Sherri Johnson is a grandmother to toddlers in this age group. She too is unsure how she feels about the vaccines, and says there are a lot of factors to consider before she decides.

"What’s the safest for the child. And if the pediatricians and the Mayo Clinic people really are for it, and there is scientific proof, then I would lean toward that," Johnson said.

Public health officials advise parents that are confused or hesitant to talk to their pediatrician to decide what is best for their child.

For those that may have missed the first day of vaccinations in Dodge County, there are a few other dates. Parents can schedule an appointment for Tuesday, July 12, as well as Tuesday, July 19.

In Rochester, the Mayo Family Clinic also requires an appointment, with shots being administered as early as Thursday.

In Fillmore County, vaccinations are available by appointment through Fillmore County Public Health.

At this time, Freeborn County Public Health is only administering COVID-19 vaccinations to those 18 and up. Pharmacies may vary.