Local pediatrician already has long waitlist for children’s COVID-19 vaccine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – A local pediatrician said phones are ringing as parents are placed on waiting lists for the COVID-19 vaccine for children.

dr. Max Hale of Birmingham Pediatric Associates said they added more than 200 parents to a waiting list for admission in just two days.

“We’ve been getting a lot of calls,” Hale said. “A dozen calls an hour. I certainly know more than that sometimes. We have many families who were very apprehensive and really anticipated this availability. We’re glad it’s finally here.”

Hale said they’ve pre-ordered a few hundred doses of the vaccine, but until it comes in, they’ll keep adding names to the waiting list.

“We hope to have it in the first half of next week,” he said. “When we do that, we start scheduling time slots in the afternoon to complete those doses.”

He said they have about 12 spots open a day on weekdays, but to make things easier for parents, they will also be spraying on Saturdays.

“In the first few weeks that this age group is available, there will be so much demand that we’ll have to be here at least one extra day to get it to people in time,” Hale said.

While many of his patients are now ready to roll up their sleeves, Hale said many parents still have questions.

“Most people just want to know our true opinion about it,” Hale said. “How we think about it and do we think it’s appropriate for their kids when it’s available.”

Hale said his advice is to shoot.

“For five to eleven, we are very comfortable using it and we are more than happy to provide it,” Hale said.

dr. Hale said many parents are also signing up to get their kids’ flu shots at the same time. He said it’s safe to take them all out at once.

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