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NEW BEDFORD — Just three days after receiving final federal approval, COVID-19 vaccines for kids are coming to New Bedford.

City officials announced that starting Friday, some vaccination clinics will provide the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5-11 years old.

CDC officials approved the use of the vaccine for that age group on Tuesday.

Kids aged 12 and older have been eligible for the shot since this spring.

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The first vaccination clinic for younger children in New Bedford will take place at PAACA at 360 Coggeshall St. on Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Another clinic for residents aged 5+ will take place on Monday, Nov. 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St.

Older kids and adults will also be able to receive the shot at these clinics, with adults able to choose between J&J, Moderna, or Pfizer vaccines (based on availability.)

No appointments are needed to get the jab.

Clinics are now also offering CDC-approved booster shots for eligible recipients.

Other upcoming clinics include a Saturday clinic at Riverside Park from 12 to 5 p.m., which will not be offering the pediatric vaccine.

Two more clinics for those aged 12 and over will take place on Tuesday at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, 9 - 3 p.m. and the former Fire Station 11 on Brock Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In-home vaccinations are also available by appointment for elderly residents or those not able to travel to a clinic.

To schedule an in-home vaccination with the New Bedford Health Department, call 508-991-6199 during business hours.

City health officials are urging unvaccinated residents to get their first shot as soon as possible ahead of the upcoming holiday season.

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