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Is It Better To See A Paediatrician Or Go To The Pharmacy? 

Now that emergency use authorization for a vaccine for younger children has been granted by US health officials, the next step in vaccinating youngsters is for families to locate the nearest dose.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested on Tuesday that children aged 5 to 11 receive a dose of Pfizer-vaccine BioNTech that is around one-third that given to children aged 12 and up and adults.

Is It Better To See A Paediatrician Or Go To The Pharmacy? 

Pfizer began packaging pediatric doses for distribution immediately after, with the company estimating that 11 million doses will be delivered in the first ten days — although some families may not be aware of the best manner to get their children vaccinated.

Is It Better To See A Paediatrician Or Go To The Pharmacy? 

The first step, according to CNN medical commentator Dr. Leana Wen, is to phone your pediatrician’s office and see when their next appointment is available.

Wen stated she would wait and take the appointment if the waiting period was only a few days. For individuals who have been scheduled for weeks, it may be prudent to join the physician’s waitlist and explore other choices.

The next step, according to Wen, who is also an alternative physician and a professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, should be a chain or local pharmacy. 

Make sure to tell them your child’s precise age, as some places won’t give them injections if they’re too young. If they aren’t sure yet, call again the next day — a lot may happen in a short amount of time. 

Beginning Saturday, Walgreens pharmacies across the country will begin giving pediatric Covid-19 vaccines. The additional appointments will become available when more shipments arrive, according to a news release.

Wen said that local health officials might be able to provide information about immunization clinics.

More than half of the areas in the US do not restrict vaccinations to be available solely to residents, so if you can’t get an appointment on your own, you might be allowed to get vaccinated in another.

The CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday that the vaccine’s recommendation to children should be a cause for excitement, but it’s natural if parents still have doubts.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on New Day Wednesday that officials plan to make dosages available as soon as possible.

Children will not be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving or Hanukkah (which is two weeks after their second dose), but with a first visit by November 19, they will be fully protected for Christmas, Kwanzaa, and end-of-year parties.

If family and friends are gathering indoors for the holidays, it is critical that youngsters who can get vaccinated do so, according to Wen.

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