The Carroll County Health Department has opened COVID-19 vaccination clinic registration for kids aged 5 to 11 as the county school system reports another increase in positive cases.
U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids on Tuesday after it was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.
Maggie Kunz, of Carroll’s health department, said the dates and times for the clinics were posted Wednesday morning, adding that the department has been working on staffing and locations of the clinics before the federal signoff.
“We assumed it was going to get approved,” she said.
To register children for the vaccine, visit https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19-vaccination-for-children/. On the site, users can click on the date they want to attend and fill out the digital form. Here are the clinic dates:
- Nov. 8 at Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second dose clinic is Nov. 29
- Nov. 13 at Winters Mill High School from 12 to 4:30 p.m. The second dose is Dec. 4.
- Nov. 20 at South Carroll High School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second dose is Dec. 11.
- Dec. 15 at Manchester Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second dose is Jan. 5.
- Dec. 16 at Winfield Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second dose is Jan. 6.
More than 180,000 doses will be distributed throughout Maryland in the coming weeks — enough for more than a third of the 515,000 children in that age range.
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The Pfizer vaccine is the same as the one given to adults and adolescents, though it’ll be a third of the dose for this age group.
“Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic,” Carroll’s health department website states. “As with most viruses, children are often a significant source of COVID-19 spread in the community, because they may have milder symptoms and interact closely with adults, some of whom may be elderly or vulnerable in other ways.”
The department also recommended checking with local pharmacies and health care providers about COVID-19 vaccine availability for children.
On Wednesday, Carroll County Public Schools reported an increase in positive COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive week. The system’s data dashboard, which updates every Wednesday, showed case totals went from 144 last week to 164 this week. Of this week’s cases, four are staff members. And 508 people are in quarantine.
On the elementary level, 16 people at Sandymount have tested positive, an increase of 13 in a week, while 14 have the virus at Friendship Valley. The next highest school on that level is Cranberry Station with six.
On the middle school level, 10 people tested positive at Northwest. Both West and North Carroll had seven people each with the virus.
Manchester Valley High has 10 cases, the most on the high school level, Century had nine and Liberty had six.