SCHD offering COVID-19 vaccinations for kids aged 5 to 11

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department is administering the Pfizer Vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

The announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old, a release said.

The vaccinations began Nov. 4. on a walk-in basis at the Immunization Clinic,814 Jefferson Ave.

Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, a release said.

According to the release, children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with documentation of the child’s birth date (birth certificate or shot record is accepted).

The Shelby County Health Department is one of many COVID-19 vaccination providers in Shelby County. To find a vaccination site near you, go to Vaccines.gov and enter your zip code.

On Thursday morning, nine-year-old Jeremiah Norman said the main reason he wanted to get vaccinated was to avoid getting sick.

His father Michael Norman said Jeremiah’s teen sister is already fully vaccinated. He said vaccination is the only way to keep kids from getting ill with COVID-19.

“I don’t want him to get sick with COVID,” he said. “I don’t know what it will do to the younger children. It could be serious, so it’s important to me. That’s why we’re here.”

Norman said parents who are still on the fence should do their research and look at the pros and cons.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision at all,” he said.

Before SCHD opened Thursday morning, over 30 parents were lined up to get their kids vaccinated.

Dr. Michelle Taylor, SCHD Director, said her young daughter also received the vaccine that morning.

“All I saw were eager parents,” Taylor said. “Eager to protect their children from a preventable disease. Because of science and data that proves this is a safe and effective vaccine.”