Families seeking COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 are now able to schedule appointments for clinics in Baltimore County offered Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6.
The Department of Health will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine—newly-approved by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this age group on Wednesday—at the clinics this weekend.
“We have received 8,700 doses of the pediatric vaccine in our initial allocation for use as first and second doses,” says Baltimore County Health Officer Gregory Branch in a county news release. “This latest approval by the FDA and the CDC helps bring us closer to protecting the entire family against COVID.”
Baltimore County has approximately 67,000 residents ages 5 to 11.
The clinics offered on Friday and Saturday will be hosted at a large space at the former Sears building at the White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd.
Hours are Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Appointments are required. To schedule, visit baltimorecountymd.gov/vaccine or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 410-887-3816.
Children age 5 and older will be able to receive vaccinations at each of the Baltimore County clinics beginning Friday. The clinics will also have first, second or third does of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for children age 12 and older.
These efforts are part of three-pronged approach in the county for vaccinating children, including partnering with pediatricians and family physicians; working with the public school system; and mounting family clinics that are free, accessible and convenient, according to the news release.
“I know parents across Baltimore County—myself included—are breathing a sigh of relief knowing we can give our children the critical protection provided by the vaccine,” says County Executive Johnny Olszewski in the release.
“Our staff have been working diligently to prepare for this next phase of our vaccination effort, a critical step toward safely getting our kids back to all the things they’ve been missing,” he says.