COVID-19 vaccine is available for kids under 5 at these metro Phoenix locations

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The dosing recommendation of the COVID-19 vaccine for the youngest age group is two doses for Moderna and a three-dose series for Pfizer-BioNTech.
The dosing recommendation of the COVID-19 vaccine for the youngest age group is two doses for Moderna and a three-dose series for Pfizer-BioNTech.

Arizona parents now have several options for getting the COVID-19 vaccine for young children.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use authorization for the special lower-dose versions of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers this month. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed with its approval.

About 390,000 children in Arizona are between the ages of 6 months to 4 years old, state health officials say. The dosing recommendation for the youngest age group is two doses for Moderna and a three-dose series for Pfizer-BioNTech.

Where parents and kids can get COVID-19 vaccines together in metro Phoenix

The local One Community Initiative is holding COVID-19 vaccine events in Phoenix throughout the summer. For information go to OneCommunityAZ.com or call 888-587-3647. The events will include COVID-19 vaccines for young children, ages 6 months and older, as well as all other age groups, including booster doses.

There's an event set for 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Grant Park, 701 S. Third Ave., Phoenix.

One on Wednesday, June 29, from 2:15 to 6 p.m. at the Girls Innovation Academy, 4730 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix.

From 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, there's an event scheduled at Morris K. Udall Elementary School, 3715 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has a list of COVID-19 vaccine events at https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations#calendar

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County health clinics

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is offering vaccines for children as young as 6 months at its public health clinics.

The county's multilingual CARES Team is available for questions at 602-506-6767 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pima County also is offering vaccines for children as young as 6 months at public health clinics. Appointments are recommended, but not required, at its clinics, whose locations, hours and phone numbers can be found at pima.gov/covid19vaccine.

Check the state's Vaccine Finder

The Arizona Department of Health Services' COVID-19 vaccine finder tool (https://www.azdhs.gov/covid19/vaccines/index.php#find-vaccines) includes a filter for finding the COVID-19 vaccine for kids under the age of 5.

As of Thursday the tool was a bit clunky. In order to find an address, the user had to click the filter icon on the tool, filter by age group and then look at the map to see locations. The user had to then close out the filter before the addresses of the locations would appear on the left side of the page.

State health officials say they expect the list to grow as more providers provide the state with their information and that they may also streamline the filter tool.

Arizona also has a bilingual Spanish and English COVID-19 Vaccine hotline at 844-542-8201 (select Option 8 to speak with a navigator) that can connect callers with community vaccination clinics funded by our Health Equity Office that offer vaccinations to those as young as 6 months.

Federally qualified health centers

For a list of federally qualified health centers in Arizona, go to https://aachc.org/.

Walgreens and CVS, though there are age restrictions for both

Children must be at least 18 months old to be allowed to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at CVS MinuteClinic locations, company spokeswoman Monica Prinzing wrote in an email.

Appointments are being made available at MinuteClinic.com on a rolling basis as locations receive supplies, she said.

Walgreens will begin taking appointments for children ages 3 and older to get either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines starting Saturday at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine, through the Walgreens app, or by calling 800-Walgreens, company officials said in a news release.

Earlier appointments will be made available at select locations based on vaccine delivery in the coming days, officials said.

Previous updates: COVID-19 vaccine could be available for Arizona kids under 5 years

Pediatricians' offices

Some pediatric offices are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children who aren't patients, among them Pleasant Pediatrics in the Valley and Agave Family Medicine in Tucson.

Reach the reporter at Stephanie.Innes@gannett.com or at 602-444-8369. Follow her on Twitter @stephanieinnes.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: COVID-19 vaccines for Arizona kids, adults: Here's where to find them