Avera setting up vaccine clinics against COVID-19

YANKTON, S.D.(WNAX)- Avera Sacred Heart Hospital along with the Yankton Medical Clinic will be holding Covid-19 vaccination clinics this week for kids ages five to eleven.

Avera Sacred Heart Infection Control Specialist Liz Healy says they have two clinics this week.

Healy says it’s a quick, simple process.

Healy says they will work to make kids and parents comfortable.

Healy says shots will be available for kids up to 18. Appointments can be scheduled at: Avera dot org slash kids vaccination.

Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen is also now offering vaccine appointments for children ages 5 through 11, according to a news release, which lists potential side effects as sore arm, redness and swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle and/or joint pain, chills and/or fever, swollen lymph nodes, nausea and decreased appetite. The release mentions side effects have been reported to be milder in children than they are for adults receiving the vaccine.

Additionally, the release says the vaccine is more effective at preventing COVID-19 than natural immunity.

Avera will be holding a vaccine clinic from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 20. Vaccine appointments can be scheduled by calling 605-622-5273. Avera will schedule more clinics as vaccines become available.