With the June authorizations of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for both the 6 months to 5 years age group and the 6-17 age group, North Central Public Health District has switched to offering only the Moderna vaccine to everyone ages 6 months and up. For both age groups, the vaccine is a two-dose series, given 28 days apart. NCPHD officials say they opted to go exclusively with Moderna for two reasons. One is to offer a vaccine choice to the community, since most other entities are offering only the Pfizer vaccine. The other is to simplify the COVID vaccine system to maintain the agency’s track record of avoiding vaccine errors. By offering only Moderna, NCPHD has just three vaccine formulations to consider. With Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, it would have been eight. NCPHD offers vaccinations free to everyone Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Please call 541-506-2600 to make an appointment.