JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Children underneath 5 years outdated are actually eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, however some native dad and mom say they’re struggling to search out appointments to get them.
News4JAX reached out to a number of native pharmacies and hospitals, and most locations didn’t carry the vaccine for younger kids.
It’s nonetheless attainable to get an appointment, however dad and mom really want to plan forward.
Ashleigh Wright, a mom of two, is relieved that there’s lastly a vaccine to guard her children from COVID, however she had no thought how exhausting it will be to get the shot.
“It’s been very frustrating. I called my kids’ pediatrician first, and they said the vaccines will not be available to them and directed me to the retail pharmacies,” Wright mentioned.
Walgreens provides vaccines for youngsters 3 and older. Wright took her son there. But she nonetheless can’t discover an appointment for her 15-month-old.
“My biggest concern is that my daughter is going to get exposed to COVID and have an awful outcome before we can get her vaccinated,” Wright mentioned.
Florida is the one state within the nation that didn’t preorder COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids earlier than the federal authorities’s authorization final week.
Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned the state will stand by that call.
But particular person medical doctors can nonetheless order the vaccines for his or her sufferers.
News4JAX known as a dozen native pharmacies within the space, and none of them provided the vaccine for youngsters underneath 5. They instructed us they didn’t intend to.
The solely place that we discovered that provides native appointments is CVS.
We went to its web site and looked for a clinic in our space. Once you search, you’ll be able to see the entire places the place vaccines can be found to kids underneath 5.
But CVS solely provides pictures to kids older than 18 months. Any little one youthful than that isn’t eligible.
Another technique to discover COVID-19 vaccines is to go on vaccines.gov. All you do is put in your ZIP code, choose the age group, and hit search.
Using that technique, we discovered just one appointment accessible — at a Walgreens in Kingsland, Georgia.
As for hospitals, Mayo Clinic mentioned it’s not providing the vaccinations proper now.
Wolfson Children’s Hospital hopes to get doses quickly.
Wolfson launched this assertion:
“The CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccines for babies and children 6 months to 5 years this weekend, which means doses could be available in the coming days. We encourage parents to check with their local pharmacy. We will provide updates on local vaccine availability at wolfsonchildrens.com/covid19.”
We’ve reached out to the Duval County Department of Health to ask when and the place it would present vaccinations for youngsters underneath 5 in Jacksonville. We haven’t heard again.
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