Johnson County, other counties and hospitals expect to vaccinate children as early as Thursday

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Children as young as 12 could begin getting the Pfizer vaccine as soon as Thursday after a federal advisory committee issued its recommendation.

Studies conducted by Pfizer showed the vaccine not only was safe for teenagers, but also nearly eliminated all risk of catching COVID-19.

The company did note that some children have similar reactions to adults from the second shot including fever, chills, and aches.

The FDA is expected to announce its decision Wednesday. It’s followed all recommendations made by the advisory committee reviewing COVID-19 vaccines.

So, when will you be able to get your children vaccinated?

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HEALTH SYSTEM

Doctors with the University of Kansas Health System said the health system could start vaccinating younger children as soon as the FDA announces it’s decision.

“We have Pfizer vaccine doses available. Once the advisory committee votes to approve … once that vote takes place we’ll be able to start pretty much immediately scheduling those appointments,” Dr. David Wild, vice president of performance improvement at the University of Kansas Health System, said during a Facebook Live.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY

The Unified Government Public Health Department said it’s in process of finalizing plans to vaccinate 12 to 15 year olds. The department will release information when it comes closer to offering vaccinations to younger children.

JOHNSON COUNTY

The Johnson County Health Department said it may begin vaccinating children age 12 to 15 as early as Thursday. It all depends on when the FDA gives the OK on an Emergency Use Authorization to use the Pfizer vaccine in people that age.

When Johnson County begins offering the vaccine, parents can either make an appointment or walk-in with their children during available clinic hours.

CLAY COUNTY

The Clay County Health Department is waiting for approval from the FDA and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

It will release additional information in the coming days, as well as information about whether children will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at an in-school clinics. The county said it does not have plans to hold specific in-school clinics for the COVID vaccine at this time.

Check online for updates and to learn how to schedule an appointment for your children, when they become available.

PLATTE COUNTY

The Platte County Health Department has not released information on vaccinating those between the ages of 12 and 15 at this time.

JACKSON COUNTY

The Jackson County Health Department is waiting for approval from the FDA and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

Information about when the department will begin vaccinating 12-15 year olds will be released in the coming days on social media channels.

When that happens, parents can make an appointment for their child or walk-in with their child during clinic hours.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Once the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department begins vaccinating the younger age group, parents and guardians will be able to bring their children to any available clinic. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted.

Children will been to be accompanied by an adult to receive a vaccination.

The health department will also work with schools to provide immunizations and COVID-19 vaccinations at back-to-school time, but the health department encourages parents to get children vaccinated as soon as possible.

Some immunizations can’t be given at the same time as a COVID vaccine.

INDEPENDENCE

The Independence Health Department plans to partner with schools to hold special clinics for vaccinating 12-15 year olds.

Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s health care provider to ensure all needed vaccinations are spaced out and timed appropriately for their age.

CHILDREN’S MERCY HOSPITAL

Children’s Mercy Hospital is working on it’s plan to vaccinate children. When the hospital is ready, it will offer clinics for children 12-15 to get vaccinated.

The hospital said it will share information online as soon as it opens clinics.

SAINT LUKE’S HOSPITAL

Saint Luke’s Hospital is working on plans to expand and offer vaccines and will release information when it’s confirmed. Until then, the hospital will also update information online.

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