Lincoln health care systems prepare to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Health care systems in Lincoln are preparing to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5 to 11.

“Our plan at this point is mostly just to try to catch kids as they come in for their regular checkups and having a few appointment spots available throughout the week,” Dr. Amanda Knapp, a Pediatrician with Lincoln Pediatric Group said.

Lincoln Pediatric Group, near 70th and Pioneers, has been waiting patiently for the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.

The shot, that was approved Tuesday, is a little different than what we have seen so far.

The vaccine is a third of the dose given to teens and adults and will come in a different vial.

Health care workers around Lincoln are preparing for a big turnout and are actually bringing on more staff to vaccinate those children in the coming weeks.

“We have been getting tons of phone calls already. People are really anxious and anticipating this for their kids, which is great, we’re excited about it,” Knapp said. “We wish we had better information to give them at this point as far as what to do or when will have our availability here.”

Those vaccines are now being shipped from the manufacturer to offices across the country.

That means those shots could come as early as Wednesday.

First, the vaccines will go to the state, then to local health systems.

CHI Health has been planning for this day since the beginning of the year.

“We have already, if you would, put in our order for it and said ‘we’d like some and we’d like as much as you can give us to start with’ and so I imagine within a day or two of final approval, that we will have it on-site,” Dr. Michael Schooff, the Primary Care Medical Director at CHI Health said.

Doctors are asking for patience when it comes to the rollout due to staffing shortages in the health care field, but also waiting for the doses to arrive.

Knapp says whether it’s a pediatrician’s office or not, get the shot.

“I want people to realize that really, the best place to get it, is the first place you can get it.”

As of now, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those 5 to 11 years old.

It will come in two doses, three weeks apart.

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