Preparing to vaccinate kids ages 5-11 against COVID

Soon, most likely in November, kids ages 5-11 will become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. The question is-who will administer it?

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 5:51 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2021 6:09 PM

Soon, most likely in November, kids ages 5-11 will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The question is-who will administer it? School districts? Already busy pediatricians' offices, filled with sick patients during cold and flu season? Counties, that are now administering booster shots?

"It's not like giving a flu shot. Flu shots are ready the morning of, we can give many of them out, we don't have to keep them in the freezer, we don't have the paperwork involved, we don't have to write down how many doses we give, or how we waste doses," says Dr. Stephen Eadline, of Slocum Dickson Pediatrics. "The actual distribution of the shots to the patients is actually a lot more complicated than anything we've done before."

School districts have bigger spaces -- gymnasiums and libraries -- and some have already run vaccine PODs for older kids.

"We already have the system in place. It worked very well before, so we're confident we can do this again," says Whitesboro School Superintendent, Dr. Brian Bellair.

Oneida County expects they'll end up vaccinating the bulk of the county's 5-11-year-olds, once they become eligible.

"I just think we anticipate we're gonna handle the bulk of it," says Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, Jr.

The county might also lend its POD expertise to school districts.

"If we need to do some schools after hours or even during hours. Obviously, we can't set up a POD at all 16, we have 16 school districts. So, strategically placed, in Utica, Rome, the town areas," says Picente.

The county may help pediatricians' offices, as well.

"If there is a certain demand that they want help, we'll accommodate whatever, whether it is in an outdoor setting. As we get into the winter months, it becomes a little more difficult, though," says Picente.

Children ages 5-11 are expected to become eligible for the vaccine sometime in November.

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