DOH-Sarasota PIO Steve Huard provides an update regarding the recently approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five and older. The Florida Department of Health – Sarasota (DOH) is currently waiting to receive the vaccine for distribution.
Parents may be wondering where they can take their children to get vaccinated. The vaccine is not immediately available at all locations, as it is currently being shipped from Pfizer to providers.
According to the CDC, distribution has begun across the nation. Retail pharmacies, pediatrician offices, and other providers will be able to order the vaccine in the coming days.
At this time, no county health department in the West Central Florida region – including Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties - have received the vaccine at this time. As the vaccine becomes available, additional announcements will be made.
In addition, the DOH is recommending the community contact their medical provider, local retail pharmacies or visit vaccines.gov for additional information.
Benefits of receiving the vaccine include:
Protecting children ages 5 years and older from getting COVID-19.
Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.
Vaccination can also help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19.
Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates and other group activities.