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INDIANAPOLIS — COVID-19 vaccines are now available for Indiana children ages 6 months to 5 years, the Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday.

IDOH said it updated its map at to show sites that have indicated they will offer the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for this age group. Staggered vaccine shipments will continue to arrive at participating locations this week, and parents are encouraged to contact the provider before arriving to ensure the age-appropriate dose is available, the health department said.

“We recognize that there is pent-up demand among parents eager to protect our youngest Hoosiers, but because vaccines are still arriving in Indiana for this age group, we ask for a little more patience to allow supply to catch up with demand,” said IDOH Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP. “As with every stage of vaccine rollout, we will see increased availability in the coming days as more doses arrive in the state.”

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were approved by the Food and Drug Administration last week, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

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