With news that regulators have approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds this week, plenty of parents are looking for ways to make an appointment for their tweens and teens to get vaccinated.
Health care providers are starting to announce their plans on how to get them a shot. Here’s what we know so far:
According to a Walgreens corporate spokesman, “Walgreens is fully prepared to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents ages 12-15 following the FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for this population earlier this week. This is another notable milestone that will help end the pandemic, and with the Pfizer vaccine available in the majority of Walgreens stores administering vaccinations and our extensive experience immunizing adolescents, we are ready to vaccinate this newly eligible population safely, equitably and as quickly as possible. Following the ACIP vote of approval, Walgreens can start administering to adolescents ages 12-15 the next day.” The ACIP, or Advisory Council on Immunization Practices, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approved its use Wednesday.
Parents and guardians will be able schedule same day appointments for vaccinations on behalf of children ages 12-15 online at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine, through the mobile app, by calling 1-800-Walgreens, which is available in English and Spanish, or at their local Walgreens store (walk-in), up to 30 minutes prior to the desired appointment time.
On Thursday, WakeMed announced that it has opened COVID-19 vaccine appointments to adolescents age 12 to 15, in addition to teens and adults age 16 and up. WakeMed’s COVID Vaccine Clinic in the Andrews Center at WakeMed Raleigh Campus administers the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. While walk-ins are welcome, anyone who prefers to make an appointment can do so through WakeMed MyChart. Clinic hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays – 7 am to 6:30 pm, and Fridays & Saturdays – 6:30 am to 2 pm. More information is on WakeMed’s vaccine website.
Scheduling Vaccine Appointments via WakeMed
- WakeMed Patients Ages 12 and Up – Please use WakeMed MyChart to make appointments for your children. Click here if you need to set up a MyChart account for your children. Each of them will need one. Adult WakeMed patients should also schedule through their MyChart accounts.
- Children Who Are Not Affiliated with a WakeMed Practice – Click here to set up a MyChart account for your child. Your child does not need to be a WakeMed patient.
- Telephone Scheduling – If one of the above scheduling options is not possible, please call WakeMed at 919-350-9511.
Consent Requirements at WakeMed
NOTE: WakeMed does require parental, guardian or legal custodian consent before vaccinating people under 16 years old. The parent, guardian or legal custodian can complete the consent several ways:
- In MyChart when making the child’s appointment
- In person when accompanying the child to the vaccine clinic
- By printing and completing the consent and having the child bring it with them to the clinic. You can find the consent online in both English and Spanish.
If a person under age 16 presents without appropriate consent, WakeMed will attempt to call the child’s parent, guardian or legal custodian. If consent cannot be obtained, the child will not be able to receive the vaccine from WakeMed at that time. The Wake County Health Department, which is steps away from the Andrews Center, will also be administering vaccine. Our staff may direct adolescents there as appropriate. Parents will be able to make second-dose appointments for their children while at the vaccine clinic. Adults who haven’t had their vaccine yet are welcome to get it at the same time as their children.
Duke Health will begin offering Pfizer vaccine to anyone 12 and up on Thursday at Wheels Fun Park. Shots are available on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.
UNC Health is preparing to offer the Pfizer vaccine to those ages 12- to 15 at its Friday Center vaccine clinic in Chapel Hill, once the vaccine receives full regulatory approval under an emergency use authorization, according to a statement issued Tuesday. Officials expect to start offering that vaccine as soon as Thursday.
Parents will be able schedule an appointment online or by calling (984) 215-5485. The Friday Center also will accept walk-in patients from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., depending on vaccine supply and demand. UNC Health has now administered nearly 390,000 vaccines across the state.
Wake County Health Department
Starting Thursday, Wake County is vaccinating kids ages 12 to 15. To get the shot, people can make appointments or walk in to any of Wake County’s Pfizer clinics.
The Pfizer vaccine is available at 10 Sunnybrook Rd. in Raleigh on Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Pfizer vaccine also is available at 5809 Departure Drive in Raleigh Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Parents will be encouraged to schedule an appointment to help ensure wait times are minimal, according to a press release.
You can head over to Wake County’s COVID vaccine website to get more information about those locations. You can also call the 24-hour vaccine hotline at 919-250-1515.
I got my 16-year-old daughter’s vaccine through Wake County, and it was very easy. Until now, only teens ages 16 and up could get the Pfizer. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are for ages 18 and up.
Durham County Public Health
According to the county’s COVID vaccine website, anyone age 12 or older can call the county at 919-560-HELP (4357) to schedule a vaccination appointment in advance. All people age 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to be vaccinated.
You can also visit Durham public health at 414 E. Main St., Durham, to be vaccinated without an appointment. Walk-in vaccinations are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:00AM-4:00PM, and Tuesdays 9:00AM-6:00PM. Walk-in vaccinations will be available for Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) first and second doses for all people ages 12 and older. (Only the Pfizer is approved for those age 12 and up.)
Johnston County Public Health
As of Thursday, the county is offering the Pfizer vaccine to anybody age 12 and up. The county offers a regular clinic at the health department, 517 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, and at other locations across the county. Go here for information about the health department clinic. Scroll down to the vaccination sites section. For details about pop-up clinics, check Johnston County’s news releases.
Lee County Public Health
According to the Lee County Government Health Department, it is now registering children age 12 to 15 with parental consent to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Parents interested in registering their children for the COVID-19 vaccine are asked to submit a pre-registration form available online at leecountync.gov/covid19. The form has been recently modified to include a parental consent form that is required for vaccinations involving minors. Please note that individuals that call the vaccine registration call center to register a minor for the vaccine will be directed to complete the form online. Once a pre-registration form and parental consent form are submitted, staff will contact the individual to complete the registration process and assign the individual to the next available vaccine clinic or appointment. Parents are reminded that they must accompany the minor child to the vaccination appointment and proof of age will be required. Also, if a child has recently received other vaccinations, they must wait at least two weeks before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Cape Fear Valley Health
Starting today, Tuesday, May 11, Cape Fear Valley Health is offering the Pfizer vaccine to those ages 12- to 15 at clinics in Fayetteville, Elizabethtown and Raeford.
Health Pavilion North ExpressCare in North Fayetteville, 6387 Ramsey St.: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bladen Express Care in Elizabethtown, 107 E. Dunham St.: Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hoke Pharmacy in Raeford, 300 Medical Pavilion Drive, Suite 100: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Center Pharmacy in Fayetteville, 101 Robeson Street, Suite 107: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNC Health Southeastern
UNC Health Southeastern is accepting appointments beginning next week for children ages 12-15 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, pending CDC approval.
Vaccinations may be scheduled in advance by visiting srmc.org and clicking on “Get Vaccinated.”
Anyone ages 12-17 who would like to receive the vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
COVID-19 vaccines are administered every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southeastern Health Mall Clinic on the campus of Biggs Park Mall, 2934 N. Elm St. in Lumberton.