2022-06-18 | NDAQ:WBA | Press release
Parents or legal guardians seeking COVID-19 vaccines for young children can make an appointment now for vaccination starting Saturday, June 25
Walgreens will begin administering Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 3 and older in select locations nationwide following FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and new Centers for Disease guidance Control and Prevention (CDC) that children as young as six months old are eligible to receive a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation for this younger population follows the previous EUA for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11.
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Walgreens pharmacists are ready to help children feel comfortable during an appointment and stores are ready with activity sheets and stickers to help pass the time during the observation period. 15 minutes. To celebrate this milestone, kids can pose to show off their photo and receive a free 5×7 photo print. (Photo: BusinessWire)
Parents or legal guardians can make appointments ahead of the first shipments of vaccines due to arrive at select pharmacies next week. Appointments will be available from Saturday June 25 and can be scheduled at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine, through the Walgreens app or by calling 1-800-Walgreens. Earlier appointments will be available in some locations depending on the delivery of vaccines in the coming days.
“Walgreens pharmacists have significant experience in vaccinating younger populations and can help ease concerns, answer questions and ensure parents feel informed and children feel comfortable during an appointment,” said Dr. Kevin Ban, MD, chief medical officer at Walgreens.
What parents and guardians need to know
- Appointments are strongly encouraged. Vaccines for children ages 3 and older will be available at select Walgreens locations. Parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment for this age group to ensure the best experience. Appointments can be scheduled via Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine, the Walgreens app or by calling 1-800-Walgreens. Patients under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the consent form at the time of vaccination.*
- Vaccine dose schedule: Vaccines for this age group are given in lower doses than those given to older age groups. Young children receiving a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should receive the first two doses 21 days apart and the third dose at least two months after the second dose. Young children receiving a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should receive two doses 28 days apart. Immunocompromised children in this age group who receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are recommended to receive a third dose at least one month after the second dose to complete a series of primary vaccines.
- Support to the pharmacy team. As with any COVID-19 vaccine administration, there will be a 15 minute observation period. To help pass the time, stores will have activity sheets and stickers available, as well as the option to print a free 5×7 photo capturing this milestone.
Walgreens Expertise in Pediatric Vaccinations
In 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded the Public Preparedness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act allowing licensed pharmacists to administer recommended vaccines to children age 3 years and older. During this time, Walgreens has significant experience administering recommended vaccines to millions of children and adolescents for COVID and influenza vaccines, as well as other immunizations.
Walgreens Pharmacy team members are some of the most trusted healthcare resources available to administer vaccines and provide education to this newly eligible population and their parents or guardians. Pharmacists receive extensive training and assessments to ensure they can properly educate individuals about and administer COVID-19 vaccines and are frequently updated on the latest CDC guidelines, which Walgreens continues to closely monitor. throughout the pandemic.
For more information, visit Walgreens.com/covidvaccine.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is included in the U.S. segment of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), an integrated pharmacy, healthcare and retail leader serving millions of customers and patients every day, with a 170-year legacy for communities. As America’s most beloved pharmacy, health and beauty company, Walgreens’ goal is to champion the health and well-being of every community in America. Operating nearly 9,000 outlets across America, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health destination serving approximately 9 million customers every day. Walgreens pharmacists play a vital role in the American healthcare system by providing a wide range of pharmaceutical and healthcare services. To best meet the needs of customers and patients, Walgreens offers a true omnichannel experience, with fully integrated physical and digital platforms supported by the latest technologies to deliver high-quality products and services to local communities nationwide.
* The State of South Carolina allows patients age 16 or older to provide consent on their own behalf when receiving a vaccination and does not require parental consent.