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On the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizing the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 in late October, it became available Nov. 4 at Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics Centers and affiliated pediatrician practices across the hospital system as well as its walk-in clinics throughout the Houston region.

There are no Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics Centers in the area, but there are walk-in clinics at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital (1635 North Loop West) and the Neighborhood Health Center-Greater Heights at 1800 W. 26th St. for those residents whose pediatricians are not offering the Pfizer vaccine. Those ages 5-17 must be accompanied by an adult, the hospital system said.

“The FDA evaluated data from 3,100 pediatric study participants to ensure that each vaccine is safe,” the hospital system said in a news release. "Based on this research, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that anyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Parents are advised to call their pediatrician’s office to see if the vaccine is offered and to make an appointment, and they can also sign up online via the vaccine request form at memorialhermann.org/authenticated/COVID19Vax/COVID19CampaignRegistration/Home/SelfInvite.

For more information and resources including videos and frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children, community members can go to memorialhermann.org/services/conditions/coronavirus/vaccine-children.

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