Johnson and Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine. Photo courtesy Johnson and Johnson.
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MADISON — Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services is encouraging anyone age 12 and older to get their COVID-19 vaccination now, so they will be protected against COVID-19 in time for the 2021-2022 school year.

Kaukauna’s first day of school for K-12 is Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

For children ages 12 and up, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine currently available for this age group.

The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, spaced 21 days apart, with an additional two weeks to become fully effective.

In order for your child to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school, they will need to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine by Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Anyone ages 18 and up is eligible for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which also requires two doses, spaced 28 days apart, with an additional two weeks to become fully effective.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also authorized for those ages 18 years and up, but only requires one dose, with an additional two weeks to become fully effective.

Full protection against the virus requires an additional two weeks after receiving the final dose for each of the three vaccines.

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By staff