We are excited to announce that we will be able to provide the Pediatric COVID vaccine (5yr-11yr) and Adolescent COVID vaccine (12yr and up) to our patients! Here are some things you need to know about how this will work in our office:
11/1/2021: We wanted to give you a quick update on COVID vaccine for ages 5-11yo. Last week the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 5-11yo. This was just another step in the several it takes to actually start giving it! This week the CDC will meet to give official recommendations on usage. The dose being given to this age group is smaller than the dose being given to >12yo. In order to make sure vials contain an appropriate amount of doses and can be tracked, NEW vials of the vaccine will be used for this age. We have doses ordered, but we suspect they will not ship until after the official CDC guidance is given. As with >12yo, we will likely only give the vaccine on Tuesdays and Thursdays, because that is when we have extra staffing available. We will add more days if we have the staff and see a need.
11/4/2021: Our first shipment of COVID vaccine for ages 5-11 year old has arrived! We are so excited to help you get your child vaccinated! We will be having clinics on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays. Please call the office to make an appointment, we will not take walk ins! If your child has a checkup scheduled on one of those days, we can give the vaccine at the appointment. If they have an appointment on another day other than Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, they MAY be able to receive the vaccine that day if we have multiple patients who are interested. Please call the office to let us know you would like your child to receive the vaccine at their appointment, and we will try to accommodate it. Just remember these are multidose vials of vaccine, and once we use one dose, we must use the rest within 6 hours for the adolescent dose and 12 hours for the pediatric dose, and we do not want to waste vaccine if at all possible!
We still also have vaccination available for >12yo, so if you have decided to get your older child vaccinated, that is available as well!
As always please do not hesitate to call with questions!