Series of COVID vaccine clinics for kids 5 to 11 to be held in Santa Fe

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The first of three pediatric vaccination clinics hosted by Christus St. Vincent Entrada Contenta Health Center will start Friday, Nov 5. The clinic will be held from 5 p.m. to p.m. with limited appointments available.

“We kind of anticipated this to fill up pretty fast. The amount of calls we’ve been receiving at both of my pediatric practices have been pretty immense as well as incoming calls from parents asking when we are able to provide this for their children, said Christus St. Vincent Outpatient Line Director, Shannon Barton.

“He was a little nervous. I did let him know that it was to protect his brothers, his sisters who can’t be vaccinated, his grandparents, and not only to protect them but to protect himself,” said one parent who took her kid to get the vaccine.

Earlier this week, the CDC signed off on using smaller doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds. The clinic in Santa Fe received 600 shipments of those child doses, but they wanted to hold a soft opening first to make sure they had enough staffing. Just like the two dose Pfizer vaccine for adults, children will also be required to make an appointment for their second dose 21 days later. For those with concerns about side effects, health officials say the impact on children has been milder.

“We know some people have experienced those nasty side effects and we wanted to be able to offer these during the weekend so the kids can have a chance to recoup at home and be ready so that parents aren’t missing work and children aren’t missing school,” said Barton.

Two more vaccination clinics will be held at the clinic on November 12, with 150 spots available and November 13 with space for 250 people. The hospital warns that walk-ins can’t be accommodated, vaccinations at the clinic are by appointment only by calling (505) 913-3080.

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