CT healthcare systems ready to administer COVID vaccinations for kids ages 5-11

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut healthcare systems are ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to kids ages 5 to 11, after the CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, signed off on the approval Tuesday.

It now marks the first opportunity for Americans under 12 to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Yale New Haven Health, Hartford Healthcare, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center all have kids-sized doses in-house, and they will be sending them to their other facilities and pharmacies.

Hartford HealthCare began vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19 Tuesday night.

Yale plans to start vaccinating kids in the age group Thursday.

“My guess is that 50% of our families are so excited and would have gotten it yesterday [Monday], 25% of our families are pretty nervous, and 25% want to take a little bit of a wait-and-see, and we’re trying to encourage them to embrace the science,” Dr. Jenny Schwab of Rocky Hill Pediatrics said Tuesday afternoon.

Schwab’s office has 400 kids ages 5-11 signed up, awaiting appointments to get the vaccine already.

Each of the orange pediatric vials contains 10 doses. Normal flu shots contain one each and can be drawn for future use. With the Pfizer COVID vaccine, clinics will need to be planned to make sure all of the doses are used.

In all, 28 million kids will be eligible and there is enough supply.

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital is partnering with the Children’s Hospital Association’s national campaign to ensure that children and families have access to evidence-based resources and sage, age-appropriate vaccination sites in their local communities.

Selected by the State to lead the pediatric COVID Vaccination Enterspirse, Yale New Haven Hospital will distribute Pfizer doses to pediatricians’ offices across the state.

“We encourage families to get their children vaccinated at either their pediatrician’s office or at one of our sites,” said Cynthia Sparer, executive director of Women’s and Children’s Services.

Vaccinations will be administered at several locations including:

  • 226 Mill Hill Ave., Birgdeport, CT 06610
  • Scranton Building, 200 Orchard St., New Haven, CT 06511
  • NEMG Walk-In Care, 4A Devine St., North Haven, CT 06473
  • NEMG Walk-In Care, 194 Howard St., New London, CT 06320
  • Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Noble Conference Center, Greenwich, CT 06830

All vaccinations at Yale New Haven Health are made by appointments and can be made on MyChart, online, covidvaccine.ynhh.org, or by calling 833-275-9644

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