COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available this week for children aged 5-11 years, after CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave the final green light following the unanimous recommendation of an expert advisory panel on Tuesday.
So when and where will the images be available? County health departments, pharmacies and health plan providers have made plans to expect approval. Here’s what county and private health care system officials and pharmacies said about availability this week.
Santa Clara County
The county has booked early appointments online through sccfreevax.org and is planning after-school vaccination events at local schools.
The county already has a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine on hand and is ready to begin firing at all five county vaccination sites, including the San Jose Convention Center, once the CDC has given them permission, even decorating the sites with inflatable animals and planning scavenger hunts to do so. the event more fun.
The San Jose Unified School District has scheduled vaccine clinics from 6 p.m. 15-19: 30 Friday at Lowell Elementary, November 8 at Washington and Allen at Steinbeck Elementary Schools, November 9 at Selma Olinder Elementary, November 16 at Walter L. Bachrodt Elementary. , and 17 November in Almaden Folkeskole.
San Mateo County
San Mateo County Health expects to receive 12,000 doses of the pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine for county and partner clinics this week, while other health care providers and pharmacies will receive their own supplies.
Vaccinations will be available for children aged 5-11 shortly after final CDC approval. Pediatric vaccinations will be available at the San Mateo County Event Center at a dedicated walk-in clinic, separate from the adult drive-through booster clinic. Dates and times will be announced soon, and appointments will be available in the state’s MyTurn scheduling system.
The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency works with school districts and the County Office of Education to bring clinics to school locations and prioritize nine districts with the lowest vaccination rates. Families will be able to access vaccinations through their primary providers, local pharmacies and local pop-up clinics.
Existing Alameda County-run clinics will also accommodate vaccinations of this younger age group in mid-November, including weekend hours to ensure access for working families. Parents, guardians or caregivers will be able to make an appointment at www.primarybio.com/r/alco-vax-signup or call 510-208-4VAX (4829). A limited number of drop-in agreements for residents living in neighboring communities will only be available at each location.
Interested parties can check MyTurn or Vaccines.gov to find clinics and pharmacies that offer Pfizer and have open appointments for patients aged 5 and older
Contra Costa Amt
Contra Costa Health Services has pre-ordered thousands of pediatric doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and expects to receive around 20,000 doses to county and partner clinics by the beginning of this week and should begin offering the pediatric vaccine on Saturday at county-run vaccination clinics. The county is also working with John Muir Health, Kaiser, La Clinica and Lifelong Medical to host on-site vaccine clinics and will soon announce more details on school-based vaccine clinics.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health said it will be prepared with a robust network of nearly 100 vaccination sites, and a number of high-volume sites have the capacity to administer 200 to 300 doses a day, including four school-based sites that can expand to as many as 250 vaccines a day. These schools are Malcolm X Academy School, Balboa High School, McCoppin Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School. The department plans to host family-friendly and virtual vaccination events town halls to answer questions from parents.
Kaiser Permanente said it will begin pediatric vaccinations sometime in early November and that although supplies may be limited at first, the health giant said it is confident it can vaccinate all children aged 5 to 11 by this year way out.
Sutter Health said it will have details after approving the shots for children.
Pharmacies say they will hand out the shots shortly after they are approved.
Rite Aid said it expects to provide vaccinations to 5 to 11-year-olds shortly after Nov. 3, which could mean as early as Thursday.
Walgreens said it is ready to administer Pfizer’s vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years in thousands of stores nationwide, about 40% of them in areas with a high social vulnerability index.
CVS said the vaccine is expected to arrive in stores later this week at select locations across the country, and its online planner will begin accepting appointments. CVS recommends making an appointment on CVS.com or in the CVS app, given the expected demand.