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First pediatric vax slots in Lane County reserved in 90 minutes

Steve Adams
Lane County Public Health
Lane County Public Health says it's getting 14,200 initial doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 year-olds.

Health officials remind parents to be patient when trying to schedule a pediatric vaccine. The process of vaccinating children takes more time than adults.

Friday morning, Lane County Public Health opened a scheduling app for the first round of pediatric COVID-19 vaccine appointments. There were 1,400 patient seats and all were reserved within 90 minutes.

Lane County’s COVID-19 Incident Commander knows that parents may be disappointed if they couldn’t book an appointment in the first go round. Steve Adams said there will be another scheduling opportunity next Friday when about 1,500 more slots for 5 to 11 year olds will be open for scheduling.

Adams reminded that vaccinating youngsters is different. “We really need to slow down the process,” said Adams, “so each of our clinical days will have fewer appointments than would be the case if we were providing vaccinations to adults. This need for safety and quality is really critical as we’re serving our children.”

Each Friday, clinic dates may be scheduled for the following week. Adams added that several pharmacies have their own supply lines and have already begun getting shots in little arms.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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