KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the first wave of Pfizer's vaccine distribution for children ages 5-11, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced the state will receive 128,000 doses, some of which have already arrived, the rest are expected by Friday.
More than half will go directly to large healthcare providers and local public health departments that ordered the vaccine in packages of 300 doses.
According to Kelly, the other half will be re-packaged in smaller amounts so pediatricians, family physicians, community health centers and other providers can immediately begin to vaccinate their patients.
"We have been anticipating this exciting development for some time, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been preparing for months, to rapidly respond when this announcement was made," Kelly said.
Now that the Center For Disease Control recommended emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11, parents are rushing to figure out when and where they can sign up their kids to be vaccinated, if they choose.
"Ultimately this decision will be up to our parents," Kelly added, while noting 260,000 make up Kansas' 5-11 population.
According to census data, more than 533,000 of Missouri’s population includes children age 5-11 who will now be eligible for vaccination.
KSHB 41 News is compiling a list of locations offering inoculations for anyone who wishes to vaccinate their child:
Unified Government Public Health Department
Children aged 5-11 can receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting Nov. 10.
Vaccinations take place at the old Kmart facility in Kansas City, Kansas, located at 7836 State Ave.
Walk-in appointments are available Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department
The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department received its shipment of Pfizer BioNTech pediatric vaccines on Nov. 9, so appointments became available.
That vaccine is being offered at the health department (2400 Troost Ave.) and Northland Neighborhoods Inc. (5340 NE Chouteau Trafficway).
To sign up, visit kcmo.gov/covid or call 311.
The shipment of the Pfizer BioNTech pediatric vaccine arrived today. Appointments are filling fast. Reserve your spot and know your child is protected against severe disease. pic.twitter.com/wxygsoOzbl
— KCMO Health Dept (@KCMOHealthDept) November 10, 2021
Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Health and Environment
Beginning Nov. 8, the Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Health Environment will begin offering the Pfizer vaccine for younger children.
Children must be accompanied by a parent and appointments can be made at this link.
Appointments will be accepted on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday's from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Vaccines will be facilitated at the clinic located 6000 Lamar Ave. in Mission.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
This list includes providers and locations that pre-ordered pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Platte County Health Department
The Platte County Health Department will partner with the Park Hill School District to offer vaccines for younger students in the district or those who attend St. Therese School.
Appointments must be made at this link.
The clinic will happen on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Congress Middle School.
Congress Middle School is located at 8150 N Congress Avenue.
In addition, the department is also holding three additional clinics at the Platte City office located at 212 Marshall Road in Platte City.
The dates for those clinics and the links to sign-up are below:
- Nov. 10: make an appointment here.
- Dec. 8: make an appointment here.
- Dec. 15: make an appointment here.
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health
The Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health will begin offering vaccines to children on Nov. 10.
To sign-up for an appointment follow the instructions in this tweet, or call the department at (785)-843-0721.
Children's Mercy Hospital
Children's Mercy Hospital will begin offering vaccines to children this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appointments are required, they can be made by visiting this link.
University Health will begin offering vaccinations for children ages five through 11 on Nov. 8. A second shot will then be scheduled for three weeks after the first dose.
No cost is associated with vaccinations – they will be billed to insurance or covered by community funding, according to University Health.
Appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment, call 816-404-CARE (2273).
Below are the two available campuses:
- University Health Truman Medical Center (2211 Charlotte, KCMO 64108)
- Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
- An appointment may also be scheduled with the child’s pediatric provider in the med/peds clinic at 816-404-4862.
- University Health Lakewood Medical Center (7900 Lee’s Summit Road, KCMO 64139)
- Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- An appointment may also be scheduled with the child’s Family Medicine provider at 816-404-7650.
Kansas City Public Library
Starting the week of Nov. 8, KC Library will hold clinics hosted by KC CARE Health Center.
Children ages five through 11 along with anyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster shot can attend the clinics. No appointment is needed.
Spanish translators will be available to assist with any questions.
The schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:
- Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Plaza branch (4801 Main St.)
- Wednesdays: 2-6 p.m., Waldo branch (201 E. 75th St.)
- Thursdays 12-6 p.m., North-East branch (6000 Wilson Ave.)
Note the clinic on Nov. 10 is canceled for an all-staff meeting.
For further schedule updates, visit this link.
Beginning Nov. 7, CVS Pharmacy will offer vaccines at select locations for children ages five through 11.
To make an appointment, people can visit this link.
Walgreen's will offer the vaccine to children at its locations nationwide beginning Nov. 6.
Appointments can be made by visiting this link or calling 1-800-Walgreens (925-4733).
Proof of date of birth is required and a parent must be present.
(This is an ongoing list that will be updated as clinics are made available.)