Some local health departments have run out of pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
“We started vaccinating children last Thursday,” said Stephenie Mellinger, Madison County Health Department administrator. “We were out on Monday night.”
Madison County and Boone County are out of pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Now they are waiting for the Indiana State Health Department, which is responsible for assigning doses to local health departments.
“We’ve made inquiries and I don’t think the state health service knows,” Mellinger said. “I think they are at the mercy of the federal government to roll it out as well.”
We asked the State Health Department when they would send more doses, but got no response.
“What we tell parents calling or people looking for the pediatric doses is to get on ourshot.in.gov because they’ve been doing pin drops in the county where pediatric doses are found,” Melinger said. Like in Marion County, where the health department opened an additional pediatric vaccine clinic today to meet increasing demand.
“We feel we have enough vaccines and we’re going to see as many children as possible today,” said Melissa McMasters, administrator for the Marion County Public Health Department.
McMasters said the new clinic is aimed at helping parents who said they are struggling to find available appointments in central Indiana.
“The most convenient thing for a parent is to make an appointment, but if people are struggling and having trouble with that, we do have some walk-ins available,” McMasters said.
The Marion County Public Health Department’s mass immunization clinic, for children ages 5-11 only, is located at 3685 Commercial Drive, Indianapolis, 46222. The clinic is open from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on the following dates:
- Thursday 11 November
- Monday 15 November
- Wednesday 17 November
- Thursday, November 18
- Monday 22 November
- Monday 29 November
- wednesday december 1
- thursday 2 december
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