Roanoke health officials will offer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 to 11 on Thursday


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts will start providing COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11.

As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, children can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Thursday, Nov. 4.

According to the health districts, parents who would like their children to be vaccinated can go to the Community Vaccination Center at the former Sears location at Valley View Mall, located at 4812 Valley View Boulevard.

“We are delighted to have arrived at the point where parents of children in this age group can have the option of protecting their children with this safe and effective vaccine. Along with local pharmacies and physicians’ offices, this site will provide a convenient location for all over the age of five across the region to get vaccinated. Vaccination remains the best way to end the pandemic,” said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts.

The Community Vaccination Center is offering free vaccination appointments from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. However, health officials say that appointments for this age group will be required at the vaccination center during the initial rollout of the pediatric vaccine.

In addition, the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is also available at local pharmacies and some pediatric healthcare offices.

For more information about where to find a vaccine, head to the Virginia Department of Health website, or Vaccinate Virginia website, or call 877-829-4682.

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