Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Pediatric Covid-19 vaccines now offered through public health

A lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to kids 5-11 at public health in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, upon the FDA and CDC’s approval of the Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on youth. (Courtesy New Hanover County)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Now that the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed off on the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine for children ages 5-11, public health in two counties announced it will start administering doses. Children will receive the vaccine in two shots, 21 days apart; however, it is a third of the dose administered to ages 12 and up.

New Hanover County Public Health will begin accepting pediatric patients at both its Independence Mall (3500 Oleander Dr.) and the health clinic (1650 Greenfield Street), Monday through Friday. The locations are accepting appointments via TakeMyShot.nc.gov for all Covid vaccines (pediatric, adult, and boosters). Yet, walk-ups are also welcome at both locations and vaccines will be provided if available. 

When making appointments, parents are instructed to enter their children’s names in the portal rather than their own. Parental consent also will be required at the time of the vaccination.

The hours of the Independence Mall site are Monday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. The health clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Brunswick County Public Health also is offering the Pfizer vaccine to kids ages 5-11 starting Friday, Nov. 5. It will be administered only at the main clinic in Bolivia, 25 Courthouse Dr. A consent form will need to be filled out from parents and an appointment is required for all vaccines, which can be made online or by calling public health at 910-253-2339, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pender County Public Health will inoculate kids Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., at the health department in Burgaw, 803 S. Walker St. Vaccines are also offered at the Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17, Hampstead. More information can be accessed by calling 910-259-1230.

The CDC advisory committee’s presentation on the approval can be found here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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