Central Shenandoah Health District providing coronavirus vaccine for ages 5-11


Walgreens said it will begin administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds nationwide on Saturday. (Walgreens)

(WFXR) — Starting Thursday, the Central Shenandoah Health District is ready to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. 

This health district serves residents in Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties, as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

Health officials say that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has already been planning for the expansion of vaccine eligibility and availability, which means that families will have a number of options for where to bring their kid(s) to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

According to the health district, here are examples of possible vaccination sites: 

  • Pediatric offices 
  • Family practice offices 
  • Local health department clinics:
    • Monday and Friday at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Health Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Monday at the Waynesboro Health Department from 2 to 6 p.m.
    • Friday at the Lexington Health Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Recurring large-scale clinics:
    • Monday at College Square Lexington (Old Peeble’s/Gordmans) from noon to 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds from noon to 6 p.m.
    • Thursday at the James Madison University Convocation Center from noon to 6 p.m.
  •  Retail pharmacies 
  •  School-based clinics 
  •  Mobile vaccine units 

Health officials say they will provide more information about school-based clinics in the futures as they work with individual school systems about availability.

“Everyone 5 years and older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Central Shenandoah Health District encourages all Virginians to get their vaccination if they haven’t already done so,” the Central Shenandoah Health District said in a statement on Thursday.

If you want to have your kid(s) vaccinated at local health department clinics throughout the Central Shenandoah Health District, you are encouraged to make appointments by visiting vase.vdh.virginia.gov and entering your zip code, but signing up at vaccinate.virginia.gov, or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

You can also schedule appointments throughout the health district with their community partners. You can learn more about this through the health district’s Community Calendar Webpage.

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