(Nov. 3, 2021 – COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is expected to be available starting later this week, but supplies will be very limited at first. Samaritan Health Services has not yet received any doses of vaccine for this age group and will keep the webpage, samhealth.org/GetTheVaccine, updated with the latest information as the situation develops. “We know many parents are anxious to get their children vaccinated just as soon as possible, but for the first week or two demand for pediatric vaccine will outpace supply,” said Infectious Disease Specialist Adam Brady, MD.
The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for ages 5 through 11 that has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control is a lower dose version of the vaccine than what is administered to ages 12 and up. Authorization and guidance is expected soon from the Oregon Health Authority.
Samaritan Health Services expects to receive just a few hundred doses of the kids’ vaccine late this week and, once authorized, will begin making appointments available. As more doses become available over the following weeks, Samaritan’s pediatric and family medicine clinics will begin offering children’s COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccine will also be available at Samaritan pharmacies and Samaritan will partner with county public health departments and local school districts to offer parents the opportunity to have their kids vaccinated at events in their schools.
Parents are encouraged to consider what setting will work best for their children’s vaccinations – some may be comfortable in a group setting, while children who fear injections may have a better experience at the doctor’s office.