Brunswick County Health Services now offering the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine

11.04.2021

Brunswick County Health Services now offering the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine

Español: Los niños de 5-11 años ahora son elegibles para programar citas y recibir la vacuna pediátrica COVID-19 de Pfizer BioNTech en la clínica de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Brunswick en Bolivia. Las vacunas COVID-19 son gratuitas y no se requiere seguro. Si su hijo va a asistir a su cita con alguien que no sea su padre o tutor legal, el padre/tutor legal deberá enviar un formulario de permiso firmado con el niño. Descargue un formulario de permiso aquí. Para programar la cita de su hijo/a, llame al 910-253-2339 oprograme en línea aquí.

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – Children aged 5-11 are now eligible to schedule appointments and receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday, Nov. 5 at Brunswick County Health Services’ main clinic in Bolivia (25 Courthouse Drive).

Health Services requires written permission from a parent/legal guardian to administer vaccines to those aged 5-15. Parents/legal guardians can print and complete a written permission form to send with their child should they come to their appointment with another adult.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director issued an official recommendation Wednesday, Nov. 3 that children 5-11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the vaccine for those aged 5-11 Friday, Oct 29.

The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine is administered as a two-dose primary series three weeks apart. It is a lower dose than the one used for individuals aged 12 and up.

Vaccinations for those aged 5-11 will take place at the County’s main clinic in Bolivia only. The drive-thru clinic in Shallotte remains open for vaccine appointments for eligible individuals aged 12 and up.

Appointments are required for all COVID-19 vaccines. Brunswick County Health Services offers two ways to schedule an appointment:

  • Schedule online here
  • Call the Public Health Call Line at 910.253.2339 (Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding county-observed holidays)

Individuals can call the Public Health Call Line during regular hours of operation for any questions they may have about the COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Nov. 4, 62% of Brunswick County residents have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and 59% are fully vaccinated. Vaccination remains the key tool to slowing and preventing further spread and infection in our county.

Interested individuals can find daily case counts and information about vaccines, testing, and treatment for COVID-19 at brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirus.

Other Vaccine Information

Along with pediatric vaccines for those aged 5-11, Health Services is still scheduling appointments for first and second doses for everyone aged 12 and up, third additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (mRNA) vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people aged 12 and up, and all three vaccine types— Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and J&J—as the additional booster shot for everyone aged 65 and up, or aged 18-64 who meet qualifications.

Those aged 5-17 are only eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Health Services requires written permission from a parent/guardian to administer vaccines to those aged 5-15.

COVID-19 vaccines are free and insurance is not required, but you are encouraged to bring your ID and insurance cards to the clinic, if available. If you received your first vaccination(s) outside of North Carolina, you must provide proof of the vaccination(s). Our team cannot access other states’ vaccination systems to verify your vaccination history.

More information about COVID-19 vaccines is at brunswickcountync.gov/vaccines

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