UPDATE: Health official worries about finding people to give kids’ vaccines

Heralth departments awaiting guidance, doctors setting up waiting lists

UPDATE POSTED 5 P.M. THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Like most health departments, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is receiving its first allotment of the Pfizer vaccine for kids this week and is working on plans for clinics, Health Commissioner Dr. Kraig Humbaugh said Thursday.

The vaccine is a lower dose of the adult version of the Pfizer vaccine and a different mix, Humbaugh told the health department’s executive board.

“You can’;t just give kids a smaller dose of the adult vaccine,” he said in response to a question.

One potential problem for medical facilities will be finding enough people to give the shots once they become available.

“It’s going to be a challenge in finding enough folks comfortable vaccinating younger kids. Some health care workers are more comfortable vaccinating adults than children. It’s just a different atmosphere…and we will have to plan things a little differently…it will take a bit longer,” he said.

UPDATE POSTED 6 P.M. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Doctors’ offices throughout the region also are beginning to prepare to administer vaccines for the new age group and some are even setting up waiting lists now for families to be ahead of the game.

For instance, Commonwealth Pediatrics in Lexington said on social media patients could “be added to our waiting list for vaccination” by sending an e-mail to COVIDvaccine@cwpeds.com with the following information:

Patient Name:
Patient DOB:
Parent/Guardian Name:
Phone Number:
“Once we have the vaccine available, we will call you to schedule your vaccine appointment,” the office said.
UPDATE POSTED 1 P.M. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear shared a post on social media regarding Tuesday’s CDC approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages five to 11 saying it, “will help protect the health of our kids, keep our schools open and protect our families from this virus. As a dad to an 11-year-old, this is the news I’ve been waiting for.”

The governor also included a video message. You can watch it HERE.

UPDATE POSTED 11:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Dept. is “awaiting official guidance” from the state regarding how the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 will be available but says details will be released soon on social media and its’ website.

A post on social media Wednesday reads, “Children are at risk for contracting COVID-19, & some can get seriously ill. Even if a child doesn’t get severely ill, they could face long-term health consequences or pass the virus to others. The best way to protect children against COVID-19 is by getting them vaccinated.”

According to the post, “This is a safe and effective vaccine. Like other pediatric vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was thoroughly tested and then reviewed by the FDA and CDC before these agencies authorized and recommended it for wide use.The vaccine will be available at no cost and regardless of citizenship or insurance status. We have an important opportunity to make sure that young children can get protection from COVID-19 safely and quickly through this vaccine. We encourage you to talk to a pediatrician, school nurse or another trusted healthcare provider about the COVID-19 vaccine.” The department also shared the following link for more information HERE.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 8 A.M. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2021

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – With the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine now approved for children five years of age and older, the Lincoln County Health Department and Lincoln County schools are gauging vaccine interest by releasing a survey for parents.

According to Lincoln County schools, the survey was done in partnership with the Lincoln County Health Department to see if parents would be interested in a free COVID-19 clinic for students of that age group.

Parents who are interested in getting their children vaccinated at a clinic should complete the survey by Sunday, Nov. 7. According to the district, a date and time for the clinic will be announced later.

A link to the survey can be found HERE.

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