Pfizer vaccines will be offered for children at schools in Richmond, Henrico districts

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 7:21 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD), in partnership with Richmond Public schools and Henrico County Public Schools, will be hosting vaccine clinics that will offer Pfizer vaccines for children ages 5-11.

The health districts are hosting these clinics to provide parents a weekend option to vaccinate their children in a space that’s already familiar to them.

Earlier this week, RHHD received the first doses of these Pfizer vaccines.

“It will also help them lead a more normal life like not having to stay home for two weeks when they get exposed, staying in school longer, being able to visit family and friends even those who are most vulnerable,” said Amy Popovich with the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts.

Popovich also says the outreach work continues as they educate parents on this new approval.

“We do still have our outreach workers and our teams connecting with schools,” she said. “Not just public schools, but private schools schools across our area as well to make sure that parents have the information about the vaccine, about the possible side effect and any questions they may have.”

The health district is also encouraging parents to check with their local pharmacies and pediatricians to look for more vaccine opportunities.

LynDee Walker was able to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for her 11-year-old daughter on Wednesday.

“I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Walker said. “It kind of hit me really hard yesterday when the pediatrician gave her her shot. My little one is really scared of needles, but she was excited to be there yesterday.”

All events will be held on the following dates:

  • Nov. 13 - Fairfield Middle School, MLK Middle School (first doses)
  • Nov. 20 - Elko Middle School, George Wythe High School (first doses)
  • Dec. 4 - Fairfield Middle School, MLK Middle School (second doses)
  • Dec. 11 - Elko Middle School, George Wythe High School (second doses)

“Many of our parents are eager to have their 5-11-year-olds vaccinated and we are excited to assist in the process,” explains Dr. Beth Teigen of HCPS. “Vaccinated children are less likely to experience illness and a disruption in their education. It can bring peace of mind to families.”

Parents can schedule an appointment for these events by calling 804-205-3501 or by clicking here.

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