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Pediatric vaccine clinics for ages 5-11 planned for Nov. 8, 9 & 11

November 1, 2021 – News

In anticipation of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommending the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine for youth ages 5-11, several vaccine clinics are scheduled for next week with registration opening as early as Thursday. The City and Borough of Juneau – in partnership with Juneau Public Health Center, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau School District, local pediatricians, and other community organizations – is planning to host free pediatric vaccine clinics for all Juneau youth ages 5-11 on November 8, 9, and 11. Pending CDC approval, families can sign up to have their child vaccinated at a clinic starting Thursday, November 4 at noon on juneau.org/vaccine or at 907-586-6000.

Pediatric vaccine clinics are planned for:

  • Monday, November 8, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Marie Drake Building
  • Monday, November 8, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School
  • Tuesday, November 9, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Mendenhall River Community School
  • Tuesday, November 9, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School
  • Thursday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Riverbend Elementary School

Any child in Juneau age 5 to 11 – the child does not have to be enrolled in the Juneau School District – is welcome to get a vaccine at these clinics and may attend whichever one is most convenient. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Nurses and pediatricians will be at the clinics administering vaccinations. Capital City Fire/Rescue will help monitor students after their shot for any potential reactions. Flu vaccine will also be available, as an add-on, for parents who would like their child to receive a flu shot at the same time.

Juneau has approximately 2,700 children aged 5-11. CBJ anticipates receiving about 1,200 Pfizer doses from the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services for these clinics. Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine will also be available through SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), some local pharmacies, and the Juneau Public Health Center. CBJ expects there will be sufficient supply for a first dose for every child whose parent desires vaccination in the first half of November.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine to include children 5 to 11. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is set to meet November 2-3 to discuss whether to recommend the vaccine to that age group. The pediatric vaccine clinics are pending CDC adopting the committee’s recommendation.

For more information, contact Emergency Operations Center Incident Commander/CBJ Deputy City Manager Robert Barr at 586-5240 or Robert.Barr@juneau.org, or email COVIDquestions@juneau.org.