Local COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 5 to 11 start Friday
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Local health care systems are ready to start giving pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11.
Bellin Health will start Friday, Nov. 5.
Aurora Health Care will start Friday, Nov. 5.
Prevea Health will start Monday, Nov. 8.
ThedaCare will start Tuesday, Nov. 9.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA have approved the Pfizer BioNTech vaccines for the age group. It uses a smaller dose and a smaller needle than the vaccine approved for 12 years and up.
Like the adult version, the vaccine is two doses 21 days apart. CLICK HERE for a vaccine guide for parents.
“Our nation’s leading medical experts have reviewed the available data and confirmed that the Pfizer vaccine is safe for children 5 to 11 years of age,” said Wisconsin DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “We will soon begin vaccinating more of Wisconsin’s children to protect them from the long-term symptoms of COVID-19 and reduce disruptions in and out of the classroom. We are urging parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated as soon as they can to protect them and those around them.”
CLICK HERE to learn more about the pediatric vaccine.
ADVOCATE AURORA HEALTH
Aurora is opening up scheduling for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday evening, with vaccinations beginning this Friday.
Aurora says scheduling will first be open to their pediatric patients ages 5-11 who have had a visit with an Advocate Aurora primary care provider during the past two years. Appointments for non-Advocate Aurora patients ages 5-11 will be available in the coming weeks, according to the company.
CLICK HERE to schedule a vaccine with Aurora. You can also call 866-443-2584. The daily hotline hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents and/or guardians can also schedule a vaccine only appointment for their child or minor who is 5-11 years old by calling their pediatrician’s office in addition to the hotline.
There will also be scheduling available on the LiveWell app soon, however an exact timeline wasn’t provided. Parents and guardians will need to connect their account to their child’s or minor’s account via proxy access. CLICK HERE to do so.
Bellin is scheduling appointments now via the MyBellin Health Patient Portal or by calling the Bellin Health COVID-19 Hotline at (920) 445-7313.
You do not have to be a Bellin patient.
More information: bellin.org/covid19
- Bellin’s Ashwaubenon Community Vaccination Site, 1630 Commanche Ave.
- Bellin Health Marinette, 2820 Roosevelt Road
- Bellin Health Iron Mountain, 440 Woodward Ave
Scheduling at Prevea starts Nov. 8. Prevea is asking people to wait until that date to schedule their appointment.
The child vaccine will be administered at 11 locations in Wisconsin.
Prevea President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai discussed the vaccine this week on Action 2 News This Morning.
“Number one, it’s important to get educated. If you have concerns, making sure you’re taking to your own physician, pediatrician, family practitioner, somebody who actually deals with vaccines. That’s going to be very important. When we look at the data that’s been reviewed, one of the biggest things you want to look at with children is safety. There was the issue of are we going to see significant cases of myocarditis, that mild inflammation of the heart? They did not see significant risks of that. They benchmarked that against other age groups and did not see significant risk of that. So it’s really important for parents to understand that from a risk standpoint, pretty low. From a benefit standpoint, really saw good protection for children not getting sick, 90-plus percent. That’s what’s important for the child itself. Now we look at that endemic phase, getting rid of the pandemic. More and more immunity within the community is going to be necessary. That’s a secondary reason to get children vaccinated. The primary reason, though, is to protect children. I think there’s this misnomer out there that children don’t get very sick. It’s true that a lot of children don’t get hospitalized versus adults. But we still do see pediatric hospitalizations, we do see kids getting very sick, and it’s important to recognize that and not discount that. The diseases that we vaccinate against right now for kids are very rare. We want to make COVID-19 very rare for children. Only way we can do that is to encourage vaccination,” said Dr. Rai.
PREVEA SCHEDULING RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Make sure you (parent/legal guardian) have a MyPrevea account set up. Anyone can sign up for a MyPrevea account (you do not have to be a Prevea patient) at no cost at www.myprevea.com or set it up as an app on any smartphone or device.
2. Once you’ve created your own MyPrevea account, you will need to create an account for your child by first requesting “proxy access” in your MyPrevea account. If you have more than one child, you can request proxy access for each child. All their medical information, including the ability to schedule Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination appointments, will be housed in your MyPrevea account. For more information on setting up proxy access for a child(ren) under your MyPrevea account, please visit: https://www.prevea.com/For-Patients/Your-Wellness/Resources/Manage-your-childs-health-care-with-MyPrevea-proxy
3. Already have a MyPrevea account? Simply follow Step 2 above.
Former Prevea St. Mary’s clinic at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
1715 Dousman St.
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center
835 S. Main St.
Prevea Sheboygan Health Center
1411 N. Taylor Dr.
Prevea Oostburg Health Center
15 South 10th St.
Prevea Altoona Medical Office Building
3119 Woodman Dr.
Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center
2509 County Hwy I, Suite 500
617 Clairemont Ave.
Prevea Ladysmith Health Center
1101 Lake Ave. W.
Prevea Menominee Health Center
2919 Stout Rd.
Prevea Mondovi Health Center
250 State Road 37
Prevea Rice Lake Health Center
1051 West Ave.
ThedaCare will start pediatric vaccinations on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
The vaccines will be given at locations across the area, including in Appleton, Berlin, Neenah, New London, Shawano and Waupaca. It will also be offered at some primary care offices.
Children will need parental consent to get vaccinated. Parents or guardians must be with the child at the vaccine appointment. No written consent will be allowed.
Create a MyThedaCare Account:
- Visit MyThedaCare.org
- Click “Sign Up Now” and follow the prompts
- Visit MyThedaCare today to ensure your account information is up to date. Then monitor your email and app alerts in the coming weeks for your notification.
- Parents should create an account for themselves and their child.
- Questions? Call 877-259-6180 for help.
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE CDC
- Talk to your child before vaccination about what to expect.
- It is not recommended you give pain relievers before vaccination to try to prevent side effects.
- Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
- To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
- After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.
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