(WFXR) — Just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended COVID-19 vaccinations for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, the vaccines are now available in the Commonwealth.

Throughout southwest and central Virginia, some pediatric facilities already have pre-ordered the vaccines.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) says it isn’t expecting any shortages of the vaccine and encourages parents to get their young children vaccinated. However, health officials say they know the decision for kids to get vaccinated comes down to the parents.

The director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, says the new vaccine is like the other vaccines, with one difference: the dosage. Parents looking to get their child vaccinated can expect a three-dose series with the Pfizer vaccine, and the Moderna vaccine will be given in a two-dose series.

“The FDA and the CDC have now both approved this, as has VDH. These are safe, effective vaccines,” Morrow said, adding that the common side effects would be arm soreness and slight irritation at the site of the injection, like you would see in adults.

According to the VDH, parents with children over the age of three can find vaccines for their children at pharmacies and health care centers.

However, there are parents say they are hesitant to vaccinate their children. According to some parents, the vaccine hasn’t been tested long enough. Meanwhile, others believe the vaccine is fine, but would rather wait until their children are older than five.

For those parents who aren’t sure about the pediatric vaccinations, Morrow says they should contact their children’s healthcare providers.

“We know that this virus is not as dangerous for children. We still have had a lot of children hospitalized,” said Morrow. “We still have had pediatric deaths and we still have had children have long-term sequelae because of COVID, so I think that this is a decision that each parent is going to have to make for their child.”