Following the approval of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for children, parents now face a new challenge: making an appointment.
While visits for people ages 12 and older have been available for several months, doses for younger children will require an appointment – at least initially. At the moment, appointments are limited and there is no comprehensive way to find doses for children aged 5 to 11.
Pfizer Pediatric Vaccine is given in a series of two doses, three weeks apart. Each dose is 10 micrograms, which is one third of Pfizer’s vaccine for people 12 years of age and older.
The Washington State Department of Health’s Vaccine Finder added the ability to search for Pfizer’s children’s doses on Wednesday, but said functionality is limited right now as there are multiple prescriptions available.
With Washington State to receive an initial limited supply of approximately 315,000 doses, including 86,000 doses through the federal pharmaceutical program, officials say families may have to seek vaccines for their children from various providers. Over time, the supply will increase and all eligible children will be able to receive the vaccine.
“As parents, the first thing we want to do is vaccinate our children today, but we also understand that there will be some restrictions when it comes to vaccinations,” said Dr. Umayr Shah, the state’s health minister. …
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began shipping children’s doses this week, but many suppliers may not have supplies, procedures or appointments, according to the Seattle and King County Public Health Department, which said some suppliers may not receive the vaccine until until next week.
Here are some ways to find a vaccine for young children. Keep for updates.
Check the DOH Vaccine Locator
Visit Vacinelocator.doh.wa.gov to find out if childhood vaccines are available on the DOH Vaccine Search Site.
If you have questions or need help making an appointment, you are advised to call the State’s COVID Hotline at 833-VAX-HELP.
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Subscribe to the UW waitlist
As of Wednesday, more than 9,500 children have already signed up for the University of Washington vaccination waiting list, according to Cynthia Dold, the Washington State University vice vice president of clinical operations.
Although around 2,000 visits are scheduled from Thursday, Dold said UW plans to schedule 15,000 visits over the next 10 days, with around 20,000 first doses expected to be available initially.
Call 844-520-8700 to join the vaccine appointment waiting list. From there, someone will contact you by phone or send you a text message to make an appointment.
Find a meeting around the city of Seattle
The city website seattle.signetic.com/location has a Pfizer dose search feature for children ages 5-11 for Seattle clinics.
There are currently two objects in the list, but no assignments.
- West Seattle Clinic: 6400 Sylvan Way SW
- Amazon Clinic: 2031 Seventh Avenue
The King County Vaccine Finder does not currently have a Child Dose Finder.
Check with your local pharmacy, doctor and pediatrician.
While some vaccines will be delivered to healthcare providers across the state, some doses will be delivered to retail pharmacies such as Kroger, QFC, Safeway, and Walgreens through the federal pharmacy program.
Walgreens will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 across the country starting Saturday, according to a press release.
Talk to your doctor and pediatrician if it is possible to make an appointment.