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Another age group is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, meaning an additional 400,000 Kentuckians can receive increased protection from the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opened eligibility for children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday after an advisory panel unanimously recommended the move.
"Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus that causes COVID-19," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. "We know millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated and with this decision, we now have recommended that about 28 million children receive a COVID-19 vaccine."
She added: "As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated.”
There are several options for parents and guardians in Louisville and around Kentucky who are looking for pediatric vaccines. Here's a rundown:
Parents can now begin calling Norton pediatrician offices and seeking appointments for their 5-to-11-year-olds, Norton Medical Group Vice President Craig Johnson said. The goal is that the first shots can go out by the end of the week.
"Our plan will be to offer the pediatric vaccine for COVID at all of our pediatric primary care offices," he said during a Wednesday virtual press conference.
Parents can search for appointments at https://nortonchildrens.com/ or by calling 502-861-4499.
Norton will monitor demand and capacity "on a daily basis," he said, "just like we've done throughout all of the the pandemic." People had already started calling about appointments Wednesday morning.
UK Healthcare announced Friday it will open a pediatric vaccine clinic on Nov. 9 aimed at servicing 2,100 patients daily, depending on staffing.
The clinic, on the first floor of 245 Fountain Court, will feature distractions for young children and educational information for parents and guardians.
The clinic will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Those hours may change.
Register at https://vaccine.ukhc.org/. If you registered a child before Nov. 1, you will need to register again.
In addition, Walmart announced Wednesday it would offer vaccines in 5,100 Sam's Club and Walmart pharmacies nationwide for the 5 to 11 age group starting later this week.
People can enter their ZIP codes in the federal site https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ and get a list of places offering vaccines near them.
A U of L Health spokeswoman said the system's vaccine locations won't be offering vaccines for children 5 to 11 at this time. U of L currently offers vaccines for everyone 12 and older.
The Louisville Health Department will be offering vaccines soon at Americana, Valley Neighborhood Place, Neighborhood House, Shawnee Community Center and Smoketown Family Wellness Center through its standing clinics. The department is hoping its doses can reach those facing access barriers through these sites.
Also, the Jefferson County Public School system will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 24 locations Nov. 13-14 for JCPS children as young as 5. The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. For a list of sites and more information on registering for the clinic, visit https://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/node/200296.
This story may be updated.
Reach health reporter Sarah Ladd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: COVID vaccine for kids Louisville: Where, when to get for kids 5 to 11