StarMed to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to kids 5-11

CHARLOTTE — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted on Tuesday to approve the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11. Tuesday’s meeting came just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the vaccine’s use in elementary-age children.

Parents in the Carolinas can preregister their children now for Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine.

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StarMed is taking appointments online and has spots open starting on Nov. 4. The first appointments are scheduled for Nov. 6.

>> CLICK HERE to book an appointment or call 980-445-9818.

There is no cost to get vaccinated, with or without insurance.

StarMed is expected to get 12,000 to 15,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children and staff members are getting certified to give pediatric vaccines. Those staff members will be wearing different uniforms to help let parents and guardians know where to go for vaccines for their children.

The needles will be smaller and two doses administered 21 days apart will be required.

StarMed officials said if the CDC approves the vaccine before Nov. 6, they will be able to offer shots earlier.

“We are prepared to take walk-ins the next day if it is available before Nov. 6,” StarMed CEO Mike Estramonte said. “We are prepared to take walk-ins and even open up our schedule. We are waiting to see how many doses we are going to get.”

(Watch the video below: Starmed Healthcare CEO breaks down vaccine rollout for kids 5-11)