AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said it has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ship Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to more than 900 providers in 155 Texas counties over the next week, including a number of Central Texas providers.
The CDC on Tuesday gave the final signoff for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The DSHS said the CDC will deliver 1,010,700 doses of the vaccine to Texas vaccine providers and 349,200 doses will be delivered to pharmacies in the federal pharmacy program to vaccinate kids in that age group.
The DSHS said more than 400,000 doses of vaccine have already arrived with 162,000 expected to arrive Wednesday. The delivery of the full amount will continue through the next week.
Travis County officials along with a few school districts presented their vaccine rollout plan on Nov. 4, with clinics at schools beginning as soon as the following week. Officials with Austin ISD, Manor ISD and Del Valle ISD laid out their plans at the press conference.
AISD Director of Student Health Services Alana Bejarano said the district will use several hubs it already has set up in the AISD community to distribute the pediatric vaccine, saying they plan to add weekend clinics and work with food distribution in an effort to get children vaccinated.
"We're going to put them out as far and as broad as we can to make sure everyone has access," Bejarano said. "Many, many of our campuses will be hosting events. As soon as our providers get those vaccine we'll be introducing the schedule."
Del Valle ISD said vaccinations will start Nov. 8 at elementary and middle school campuses in partnership with the UT School of Nursing. DVISD Executive Director Communications Christopher Weddle said the vaccinations will continue for about a week and half to provide first doses of the shot.
Meanwhile, Manor ISD said child vaccinations would start on Nov. 15, with clinics at eight elementary campuses and two middle schools in late afternoons, according to MISD Interim Director of Health and Wellness Diana Rios-Rodriguez.
On Nov. 3, the DSHS released a list of providers receiving the pediatric vaccine. Here are the Central Texas providers expected to receive doses:
- Austin Public Health
- Seton Medical Center Austin
- Lamar Plaza Drug Store
- Tarrytown Pharmacy
- Southwest Pediatric Associates - Austin
- Wildflower Pediatrics
- Austin Regional Clinic - Far West
- Austin Regional Clinic - Southwest
- Austin Public Health Immunization Program
- People's Community Clinic - Austin 2
- Austin Regional Clinic - South
- Grow Pediatrics And Adolescent Medicine, PLLC
- Family Wellness Clinic Ut Austin School Of Nursing
- Austin Diagnostic Clinic Travel Clinic
- Dell Childrens Medical Center Of Central Texas
- Texas Neuro Rehab Center
- Austin Regional Clinic - Quarry Lake
- 411 Pediatrics
- Austin Regional Clinic - Anderson Mill
- Austin Regional Clinic - Wilson Parke
- Schoolhouse Pediatrics
- South Austin Medical Clinic PLLC.
- Ellias Pediatrics
- Bee Caves Pediatrics - Austin
- Austin Children's Clinic
- One Medical
- Elissa Gonzalez, MD, PLLC.
- Pediatric Associates Of Austin
- 38th Street Pharmacy
- East Austin Medicine Shop
- Vina Pharmacy
- Specialty Apothecary Group LLC
- Lake Hills Pharmacy
- Texas Children's Specialty Care- Austin
- ARC East 7th
- CommUnityCare South East Health and Wellness Clinic
- Shots For Tots Far South
- Shots For Tots St Johns
- Carousel Pediatrics Wm Cannon
- Carousel Pediatrics Ed Bluestein
- CommUnityCare East Austin
- CommUnityCare - Rosewood Zaragosa
- Central Texas Allied Health Institute
- Austin Regional Clinic - Bee Cave
- Bee Caves Pediatrics - Lakeway
- Austin Regional Clinic - Manor
- Austin Regional Clinic - Kelly Lane
- Austin Regional Clinic - Pflugerville
Austin ISD noted that it hasn't received vaccine doses for the younger group. Once available, they will be provided at the district's pop-up clinics.
Austin Public Health will be hosting "Shots for Tots" clinics this week. Appointments will be required and can be made by calling 512-972-5520.
Starting the week of Nov. 8, APH will offer these vaccines at two of its walk-in clinics, Delco Activity Center and Old Sims Elementary. No appointment is required for these walk-up sites.
Then, for the week of Nov. 15, APH is working to expand to include clinics at schools with a focus on areas where vaccine access is limited.
“Vaccinations are the key to returning children to normalcy. This is also very important for families in multi-generational households. We hope that families make the decision to vaccinate as many of their loved ones as possible to protect their home and community,” said Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority.
- Cedar Park Ped Family Med 2
- Cedar Park Pediatric And Family Medicine - 2
- Cedar Park Pediatrics
- Family Emergency Rooms Cedar Park
- Austin Regional Clinic - Cedar Park
- North Austin Pediatrics Cedar Park
- Georgetown Pediatrics
- Chisholm Trail Pediatrics
- Austin Regional Clinic - Georgetown
- Austin Regional Clinic - Hutto
- North Austin Pediatrics Leander
- Austin Regional Clinic - Leander
- Treehouse Pediatrics
- Austin Regional Clinic - Round Rock
- Austin Regional Clinic - Sendero Springs
- WCCHD Round Rock
- Austin Regional Clinic-Buda
- Dripping Springs Pharmacy
- Austin Regional Clinic - Dripping Springs
- Austin Regional Clinic - Kyle
- Austin Regional Clinic - Center Street
- Kyle ER & Hospital
- Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - San Marcos
- A+ Life Style Medical Group
- Lockhart Family Medicine
- Lockhart Family Practice Center
- Children's Health Center
- Pieratt's Pharmacy
- Apothecary of Medical Associates
- LHD Milam County Health Department (RE)
For a breakdown of how many doses are being allocated to each provider, click here.
In addition to the providers listed above, CVS and Walgreens have said they plan to start vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 in the coming days.
The pediatric vaccine comes in a different dosage from the vaccine for adults, so it is important to seek out providers who have received the pediatric vaccine. Most vaccine shipments are expected to arrive in the next week, and the DSHS recommends making an appointment or checking with the provider before going to get vaccinated.
According to the DSHS, there are approximately 2.9 million children ages 5 to 11 in Texas.
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