Weeks into the Covid booster rollout, parents of young children say the shots are scarce

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Like many parents of small children, Amber van Moessner has caught Covid-19 from her two kids twice.

Last December, van Moessner’s younger son was the first to get sick. At 4 months old, he was too young to get vaccinated. Eventually, the rest of the family got Covid as well.

So she was excited when the Food and Drug Administration cleared a new round of updated booster shots on Sept. 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the booster for people 6 months and older.

But like a lot of parents, van Moessner hasn’t been able to get her children vaccinated. Pharmacies near where her family lives in Kinderhook, in New York’s Hudson Valley, aren’t taking many appointments for children because they have fewer child-size doses, if any.