With the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, recommending the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Boulder County Public Health has opened up resources to youth ages 5 and over to receive vaccinations.
The CDC has endorsed the pediatric Pfizer dose, opening the vaccine up to 28 million children throughout the U.S. In a press release, the CDC emphasized the rigorous and intensive safety monitoring the COVID-19 vaccines have undergone.
“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus that causes COVID-19,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky.
The CDC started distribution of the pediatric dose last week, with plans to scale up to full capacity in the coming month.
There are a number of locations in Longmont offering the vaccine, though appointments are required in advance:
- Boulder County Public Health will host a series of clinics at the St. Vrain Community Hub, 515 Coffman Street beginning Nov. 12.
- The YMCA Longmont, 950 Lashley Street, will host a vaccine clinic on Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Salud Family Health Centers, 220 East Rogers Road, is taking advanced vaccine appointments through their website.
- Local pharmacies like King Soopers, Safeway, CVS, Walgreens and Walmarts also have appointments available.
- Appointments can also be made through healthcare providers like UCHealth, Kaiser Permanente and Centura, with locations varying throughout the state.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment maintains a searchable map of vaccine providers throughout the state as well.
“As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,” Walensky said.