You might need a little patience if you’re looking to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine for your 5- to 11-year-old child.
Even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared the way Tuesday for the use of a lower, 10-microgram dose of the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5-11, many local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies and pediatricians’ offices are still working to set up clinics and appointment schedules.
That’s true for the federal government, too.
Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said it won’t be until Friday when people will be able to go to the federal vaccine finder website, vaccines.gov, and search for the lower, pediatric doses for children in that age group.
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“You need to get the vaccines to the sites. The sites have to be ready and up and running, and that’s happening as we speak,” Zients said Wednesday. “More and more sites are coming online.
“We’ll have a threshold number of sites online by Friday and that’s when vaccines.gov will be live and vaccines.gov will continue to add more and more locations — 20,000 locations and more across the coming days.”
He said parents have “anxiously awaited this day.”
“It’s a very important day, and we share parents’ relief and enthusiasm to get their kids vaccinated,” he said.
For now, the only search options on vaccines.gov are for people ages 12 and up.
Zients said some pediatricians and family doctors already are starting to schedule appointments and more will come across in the coming days. CVS and Walgreens have appointments available online as well. More pharmacies will be online soon.
“Please be patient with us and other vaccine providers,” said Washtenaw County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck. “More and more opportunities for these vaccinations are coming as we and others finalize plans and announce dates.”
President Joe Biden said the vaccine effort for young children will ramp up quickly.
“As soon as next week, we’ll have enough vaccine in enough places and parents will be able to schedule appointments to get their kids their first shot,” Biden said, at “places parents know and trust like their local pharmacies, their pediatricians, family doctors and children’s hospitals. Many of the vaccine sites will offer times on nights and weekends so parents can take their children to get vaccinated after work and after school.
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“We’ve also been working with governors, mayors and local school leaders to bring vaccines to schools. As of today, more than 6,000 school clinics have already been planned in school districts around the country.”
But if you want an appointment now, you’ll have to do a little leg work and check with the following places:
CVS: As of Wednesday, 1,700 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide — including more than 20 in Michigan — began accepting appointments for children ages 5-11. Those appointments begin Sunday, Nov. 7.
Patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app to ensure availability. The CVS scheduling tool will only display appointments at CVS Pharmacy locations that have the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine once the patient’s age is provided.
Walgreens: Thousands of Walgreens stores nationally have pediatric doses of the vaccine available for use in kids ages 5-11, a spokesperson for the company told the Free Press. Schedule a shot for your child by going online to https://bit.ly/3mEjbRr.
Ascension Michigan: A number of Ascension Michigan pediatric physician practices will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to 5-11 year old patients within the next two weeks.
Parents/guardians should contact their child’s medical provider for details. The vaccine will also be available through Ascension Michigan School Based Health Centers located in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee and St. Joseph Counties.
Beaumont Health: Registration for a limited number of appointments for kids ages 5-11 will begin online early next week through the hospital system, although parents should make sure now that they have a MyBeaumontChart set up for their child with parental access to ensure they can register.
Vaccine clinics will be offered:
- Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 at Beaumont Hospital, Troy
- Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 at the Beaumont Service Center in Southfield
“While we are pleased to offer a limited number of appointments, we recognize that the most convenient access to the pediatric COVID vaccine may be at the local health department, a neighborhood pharmacy or your child’s pediatrician office if available,” Beaumont said in a statement released Tuesday night.
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The Detroit Medical Center: Go to https://www.dmc.org/patients/our-response-to-covid-19/pediatrics-covid-19-vaccine-request to schedule an appointment to get your child vaccinated at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center, 3950 Beaubien Blvd., Detroit.
Henry Ford Health System: Details were still being put in place Wednesday. But in a statement, the hospital system said: “We are finalizing our plans with the goal of offering vaccination for existing Henry Ford Health System patients at our pediatric, family medicine and school-based health clinics. In the meantime, we encourage families to get their children vaccinated wherever and whenever is most convenient.”
Michigan Medicine: Michigan Medicine plans to offer the vaccine through clinics at several sites starting the week of Nov. 8. Updates should be available soon on the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital website at https://www.mottchildren.org/covid-19-vaccines-adolescents-children.
Once scheduling for COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 opens, appointments can be scheduled through the MyUofMHealth patient portal.
Trinity Health: Parents are encouraged to call ahead to any IHA or St. Joe’s Medical Group primary care office to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for their children or to make an appointment online at IHAcares.com.
“Supplies will be limited until additional shipments arrive and practices can ramp up volume,” said Bobby Maldonado, a spokesperson for the St. Joseph Mercy Health System.
Wayne County Public Health Department: Immunizations are expected to be available starting next week at health department clinics as well as at vaccine events at schools across the county and via in-home immunizations.
More information can be found on the county’s website at https://www.waynecounty.com/covid19/vaccination.aspx. To schedule an in-home vaccination, residents can call 866-610-3885.
Oakland County Health Division: After-school clinics are being planned for next week inside school buildings in the county, said Bill Mullan, spokesperson for County Executive Dave Coulter. More details will be released Thursday, though Mullan said the clinics will not be limited to students who attend classes in those school districts. Children from anywhere in the county can go to a school clinic to be vaccinated.
Appointments are strongly recommended by going online to oaklandcountyvaccine.com. Parents or guardians will need to be with their children when they are vaccinated.
Detroit Health Department: The department is coordinating with Detroit Public Schools Community District as well as charter and private schools to set up vaccination clinics, said Barb Roethler, director of marketing and communications.
City officials also plan to offer educational webinars and town halls for parents or guardians about the vaccine and have clinicians available to answer questions and address hesitancy. More specifics are expected to be announced later this week with details available at detroitmi.gov/health.
Macomb County Health Department: Pediatric vaccine appointments are available at health department vaccine clinics in Clinton Township and Warren. They can be scheduled online at macombgov.org/covidvaccine. Parents or guardians also can call 586-463-3750 (press option 1) to schedule an appointment, said Andrew Cox, director/health officer.
The department is continuing its partnership with pediatricians, the Macomb Intermediate School District and school districts within the county “to pursue opportunities to make the vaccine available to this important audience as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Cox said.
Ingham County Health Department: A COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 5- to 11-year-olds is set for Nov. 4. at the health department office, 5303 S. Cedar St., Lansing. Appointments will be available from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Additional availability of the pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will continue at upcoming Tuesday and Friday clinics. To schedule an appointment, go to http://hd.ingham.org/coronavirus/r_1013.aspx or call 517-887-4623.
To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at an Ingham Community Health Center, call 517-887-4517, and choose option 3.
Washtenaw County Health Department: The health department will offer vaccinations to children ages 5-11 beginning Nov. 9 by appointment.
Available appointments for children will be posted at noon Friday and Monday with a scheduling link at www.washtenaw.org/covid19vaccine. If you cannot schedule online, contact the health department at 734-544-6700 or email@example.com.
The first appointments will be Nov. 9, and there is no waiting list. If you get an earlier vaccination appointment, cancel your scheduled health department appointment so someone else can use it.
Kent County Health Department: Appointments are now being scheduled for 5- to 11-year-old children through the health department by calling 616-632-7200.
Clinic hours will be extended to 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.
A parent or legal guardian is required to attend the vaccination appointment or send an attestation form with an adult who is at least 18 years old, stating they are legally allowed to sign on behalf of any minor child for the vaccine. This adult should be familiar with the medical history of the child.
Contact Kristen Shamus: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @kristenshamus.
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