Most recently approved group can get vaccinated beginning Friday, Nov. 5
Bellin Health will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 on Friday, Nov. 5. Scheduling is available now for vaccinations at the following locations:
- Bellin’s Ashwaubenon Community Vaccination Site, 1630 Commanche Ave.
- Bellin Health Marinette, 2820 Roosevelt Road
- Bellin Health Iron Mountain, 440 Woodward Ave.
Bellin will expand vaccination availability to all its clinics as vaccine rollout proceeds. Individuals do not need to be Bellin patients to be vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday authorized Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in this age group, citing data on safety and efficacy, as well as the need to protect younger children from contracting and spreading the virus. Children will receive a vaccine dose that is about one-third the size of a regular adult dose.
Bellin Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Michael Landrum welcomed the authorization, calling it a key step in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
“This vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective for kids in this age group, who — despite being at lower risk for serious disease — can still contract, spread, be hospitalized with and even die from COVID-19,” Landrum said. “Having a safe, effective vaccine option is a powerful tool in keeping kids, their families and communities healthy, and I encourage parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as they are able.”
COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals ages 5 and up can be scheduled now via the MyBellinHealth patient portal or by calling the Bellin Health COVID-19 Hotline at (920) 445-7313. More information on COVID-19 vaccines and related topics is available at bellin.org/covid19.