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COVID-19 vaccine approved for young kids. Here’s when and where parents can make appointments

The shots have been given final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 9:05 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 11:21 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Mecklenburg County Public Health has received authorization from NC DHHS to administer Pfizer BioNTech’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 years old.

Mecklenburg County has received more than 13,000 doses in its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This initial shipment will be distributed to vaccine providers throughout Mecklenburg County.

The shots have been given final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The area’s health systems have plans in place to begin administering them.

Novant Health offering mass COVID-19 vaccination events for young kids

Novant Heath is opening select mass vaccination sites on Saturdays to give school-aged children the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine on a weekend.

According to Novant officials, these Saturday events are intended for children ages 5 to 11 who are newly eligible for the vaccine. Parents do not have to be a Novant Health patient to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination site.

Novant Health is offering the following mass vaccination events:

  • Huntersville
    • When: Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Second-dose appointments will be available at this location on Saturday, Dec. 4.
    • Where: Novant Health Medical Group – Huntersville - 17220 Northcross Drive, Suite 110, Huntersville
  • Charlotte
    • When: Saturday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Second-dose appointments will be available at a nearby location on Saturday, Dec. 11.
    • Where: Novant Health Medical Group – East Mecklenburg - 6070 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte

Appointments can be scheduled by using MyChart. According to Novant Health, anyone can create a MyChart account by visiting MyNovant.org.

Legal guardians have primary access to a child’s MyChart account through age 11. To schedule a vaccination, a legal guardian can log in to their own MyChart account and select the child’s user profile. Appointment availability can be accessed under Schedule an Appointment.

For children 12 and over, legal guardians may request to have proxy access to a child’s MyChart account, which includes the ability to schedule or modify appointments on behalf of their child.

Appointments can also be scheduled by using GetVaccinated.org.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered as a two-dose primary series, three weeks apart, but is a lower dose and a different formulation than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older.

StarMed Healthcare partners with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to offer COVID-19 vaccines and testing at school sites

StarMed Healthcare is partnering with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to offer COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at five CMS school locations for anyone ages 5 and older.

Patients at each CMS location can receive the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The vaccinations are provided at no cost to the individual, with or without insurance.

Patients also can be tested for the COVID-19 virus at each of the CMS locations. There is no cost for the test. No referrals are necessary, and walk-up patients are welcome. A StarMed medical staff member will gently collect a nasal swab sample.

Patients can get instant results with a rapid test, or a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that will provide a patient’s results in a day or so, by email and text message.

Registration for COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at the five CMS locations is available at starmed.care.

StarMed staff will offer the vaccinations and testing at these CMS locations, with hours of operation:

  • Rocky River High School, 10505 Clear Creek Commerce Dr., Mint Hill, NC 28227, (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Garinger High School, 1100 Eastway Dr., Charlotte, NC 28205, (8 a.m.- 2 p.m.)
  • James Martin Middle School, 7800 IBM Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262, (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Waddell Language Academy, 8300 Nations Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217, (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Barnette Elementary School, 13659 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078, (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

MECKLENBURG COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

On Nov. 4, Mecklenburg County Public Health will begin offering vaccines for those ages 5+ at:

  • Southeast Health Department (249 Billingsley Road, Charlotte) and Northwest Health Department (2845 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte) starting at 12 p.m.
  • Valerie C. Woodard Center (3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte) starting at 1:30 p.m.

Visit www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 and click “Get Your Vaccination” for more details.

Visit www.mecknc.gov/covid-19 for more information.

VAX CLINIC

The Vax Clinic confirmed to WBTV that it will be offering the vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 at their clinic Wednesday afternoon.

VaxClinic will offer COVID-19 vaccines for those ages 5+ at Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 1000 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28204 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

ATRIUM HEALTH

Atrium Health will offer vaccines for those age 5 to 11 by appointment only through pediatric and primary care offices.

Visit www.AtriumHealth.org/Coronavirus or call your child’s provider for more information.

Atrium Health officials said that once appointments are live, parents can schedule on MyAtriumHealth. Children do not need to be a current patient to receive vaccines at any of the locations where vaccines will be given.

Parents can visit Atrium Health’s vaccine information page to learn more and schedule through MyAtriumHealth.

“We are making these vaccines available at pediatric practices to ensure the process is as convenient as possible for families. Children will be able to receive their vaccine at their annual well visit, at the same time they come in for their flu shot, etc., all in the comfort of their pediatrician’s office with their trusted provider,” a spokesperson for Atrium Health said.

Atrium Health will also have two drive-thru clinics on Nov. 13 in Cabarrus and Ballantye. Details will be shared on the health system’s vaccine page soon.

CVS

CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday morning it has begun accepting appointments for select pharmacy locations that will be offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, with administration starting on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Appointments can be made on the CVS website and in the CVS app.

WALGREENS

Walgreens announced appointments for pediatric doses will be available at select stores beginning Saturday, Nov. 6. Parents can schedule an appointment now.

CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS

The district sent over the following statement Wednesday regarding vaccines for young children:

Across the United States, there are about 28 million children in that age range who can now get vaccinated.

Related: COVID-19 vaccine campaign expands to elementary-age children

Last week, health leaders said children made up about a quarter of recent new COVID cases, so being able to administer these new vaccines is a step in the right direction.

There are potential side effects such as sore arms, fatigue, fever, and headache. However, doctors say the benefits outweigh the risks.

“I think whatever side effects we see really have to be compared against the risks of not getting the vaccine. More than 8,300 children in this age group have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. A third of them ended up in the ICU,” Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore Health Commissioner, said.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, more than 3,000 children ages 5 to 11 participated in the trials with volunteers from different races and ethnicities. This is comparable to the number included in many similar clinical trials with children.

Before parents take their kids to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a group called The Meg Foundation has started a program to help children overcome a fear of needles.

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