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Vaccine appointments open up for Pfizer pediatric dose

The CDC approved the emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children age 5-12 on Nov 2.
Kat Pitner receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine from Aspen Valley Hospital's registered nurse Erica Purcell at the Benedict Music Tent parking lot in Aspen, Colo. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Pitner has lived in Aspen since 1974. "It feels awesome," Pitner said about receiving the vaccine. "I so appreciate all of the people here getting this done."

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.

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