Local pharmacies ramping up for COVID vaccines for children 5-11
SALISBURY, Md. – The Biden administration says vaccinations for children are a matter of weeks away.
That means children between ages 5-11 will now be eligible to receive their own unique dose of the vaccinations. However, this rollout will fall on local health care resources for children like pharmacies, pediatricians, and local family care providers.
In a briefing on Thursday, doctors from John’s Hopkins Hospital spoke on how that approach could lead to low-income children and their families having a harder time getting their shots.
“The rollout to kids will happen not at big mass vaccination sites but at doctors, this obviously will potentially leave our kids who don’t have regular doctors that they go to so safety net systems need to be put in place,” said Dr. Kawsar Talaat.
Local pharmacies say they are stepping up to create those safety nets. Pemberton Pharmacy owner Craig Schury tells us that low-income households can have a hard time getting transportation to pharmacies. That’s why his location is gearing up to hold clinics in the communities where those challenges are being felt the most.
“We are going to go out and go to some of these patients we may be able to get 2 or 3 or 5 kids together who are not able to make it into the pharmacy,” Schury said.
Schury tells us if they can get dedicated pediatricians to participate in the clinics that would venture into communities, it could help get more shots in kids’ arms.