STAUNTON, Va. (WFXR) — The Central Shenandoah Health District is making COVID-19 vaccinations available for children ages six months through five years at their facilities.

The health district covers Rockbridge, Bath, Augusta, Highland, and Rockingham counties, as well as the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, and Buena Vista.

Parents will have the option of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine this week. This decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new guidance for children younger than five.

Families who are looking to have their children vaccinated, will have many options as the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other health departments prepare for the expansion of the vaccine eligibility and availability.

This includes:

  • Pediatric offices
  • Family practice offices
  • Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Retail pharmacies for children aged 3 years and older
  • Local Health Departments

Health officials recommend parents contact their children’s health care provider to see which vaccines are offered.

Some Central Shenandoah health department offices will provide vaccine clinics for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will be offered on Mondays. Health officials stress appointments are strongly recommended.

If you are looking to make an appointment, you can do so on the VDH website or you can call 855-949-8378 Monday through Friday from 830 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.