Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines now available for children over age 5 at Public Health sites 

Posted November 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm     Category: News ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – Following approval from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the FDA, New Hanover County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now administering Pfizer (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11.  

“We are excited to be able to offer this service to our families because we know many have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to protect their children from COVID-19,” said Assistant Public Health Director Carla Turner. “Just like the adult Pfizer dose, the pediatric dose of the vaccine has been tested through clinical trials to verify its safety and effectiveness. Children can get the shot in their arm or leg, and the dose is smaller than what is provided to adults. We strongly encourage everyone with eligible children to do your research, talk with your healthcare provider, and sign up for an appointment as soon as possible to get them vaccinated.” 

Numerous local healthcare providers are able to administer the pediatric vaccine, and a list can be found at ncdhhs.gov. The site also includes helpful information for parents about the vaccine’s safety and more. 

New Hanover County HHS is administering the pediatric vaccines at both the Independence Mall site (3500 Oleander Drive) and the Public Health Clinic (1650 Greenfield Street) Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting TakeMyShot.nc.gov and are strongly encouraged for all types of COVID vaccines (pediatric, adult, and boosters) currently being offered. Walk-ups are also accepted at both locations and vaccines will be administered based on availability.  

If you are a parent/guardian making an appointment for a pediatric vaccine, please put your child’s information into the appointment system, not your own information. Parental consent is also required at the time of vaccination. 

Like the adult Pfizer vaccine, the pediatric Pfizer COVID vaccine must be administered in two doses. The second dose cannot be administered until at least 21 days have passed since the first shot.  

Below are vaccine clinic hours and locations:

  • Health and Human Services Health Clinic (1650 Greenfield Street)
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Independence Mall (3500 Oleander Drive)
    • Monday and Friday, from Noon to 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

 COVID-19 Community Data, as of November 4: 

  • New Hanover County County’s percent positivity rate has continued to decline and is now at 2.7% (this represents positive COVID-19 tests as a percent of total tests performed countywide) 
  • Over the past 14 days, 215 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county which is a continued decline from previous weeks. 
  • Approximately 144,951 New Hanover County residents (about 62 percent) have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 137,590 residents (about 59 percent) are fully vaccinated and protected from COVID-19. 

Given the continued improvements in our community’s COVID-19 metrics, the Health and Human Services Board is currently taking public comments and will be meeting to consider action on their local health rule that requires face coverings in all indoor public places within New Hanover County. The board’s meeting will take place at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 12 at 8 a.m. Learn more about the meeting, and submit public comments here. 

 

 

 

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