November 3, 2021- Following the CDC and FDA approvals of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11-year-olds, vaccination opportunities for Richmond and Henrico children are becoming available. Children will be able to access appointments through pediatricians, pharmacies, and health department events.
“Parents can expect to see some vaccination opportunities this week with more coming next week and the following,” explains Amy Popovich, Nurse Manager for Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD). “While there are some logistics involved in receiving shipments of the lower dosage vaccine, we anticipate all eligible kids who want to be vaccinated should be able to access an appointment this month.”
Children’s vaccine appointments may be available at the Community Vaccination Center (CVC) and RHHD hubs starting on Thursday, November 4th. A greater wealth of appointments are expected to be available starting next week. The clinics will initially require children to have an appointment. Walk-ups will be served if there is enough supply on hand; otherwise, staff will schedule an appointment for them for another clinic.
Children should be accompanied by an adult age 18+. Accompanying adults who are not the parent or guardian will be asked to verbally confirm they have the child’s parent's permission to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Parents are encouraged to visit vax.rchd.com, call 804-205-3501, or check with their pharmacy or pediatrician to find a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in their community.
About Richmond and Henrico Health Districts: RHHD are sister public health agencies serving Richmond’s and Henrico’s communities. Our mission is to expose and address the root causes of health disparities, protect health by preventing the spread of disease, and build health equity by partnering with communities and working collaboratively across sectors.
“I want to highlight the safety and efficacy of all the COVID-19 vaccines currently available,” says Amy Popovich, Nurse Manager at RHHD. “We have this incredible resource widely available that will help us end the pandemic. If you’re still unsure about the vaccine, please give us a call and ask us your questions.”