Phoenix elementary school holds first pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic | Coronavirus in Arizona

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — For the first time, a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic was held at Solano Elementary School in Phoenix.

The Osborn School District Superintendent tells the Arizona family that they plan to hold similar events at all of her schools. “This will help keep children in school,” Chief Inspector Michael Robert said. “Any vaccinated student who may be exposed to someone who has COVID does not need to be quarantined.”

A week ago, children as young as five were eligible for the pediatric Pfizer vaccine. The Arizona Department of Health Services says nearly 225,000 doses have been assigned by the federal government for the first week. On Wednesday, a White House official said about 900,000 children are expected to have their first dose by the end of the day.

About 900,000 children aged 5 to 11 are expected to have received their first dose…

dr. Nick Staab of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health says they don’t have weekly numbers yet, but on Saturday, the county administered 5,000 doses to children at its events. That number excludes private practices and pharmacies.

“We know it’s going to be more difficult once the demand drops, to go into the community, find out where there are populations that haven’t been vaccinated yet,” said Dr. staab. He says they want to educate and make sure families have the right information they need to make their children’s health choices.

He says they want to focus on school events because they know those events are already safe and welcoming places for families.

Learn more about Maricopa County vaccine events and suppliers here.

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