Local pharmacy opens COVID-19 vaccine appointments to children in anticipation of FDA authorization

Kids 12-15 could become eligible as soon as this week

FITCHBURG, Wis. — With news the FDA may approve Pfizer’s vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 as soon as this week, Fitchburg Family Pharmacy isn’t wasting any time booking appointments.

Starting May 4, Madison-area parents will be able to schedule vaccine appointments for their children. The appointments will be available starting next Thursday, but come with one caveat: if the FDA doesn’t approve the vaccine for children by then, the appointments will be rescheduled.

“The FDA wouldn’t move forward if the vaccine wasn’t safe,” explained Thad Schumacher, owner and pharmacist at Fitchburg Family Pharmacy. “We just know there’s a ton of anxiety for parents out there.”

Schumacher hopes early scheduling will relieve some of that anticipatory stress.

Since January, Fitchburg Family Pharmacy has administered 10,000 shots and is now averaging 1,000/week. Schumacher says a majority of shots administered in recent weeks have been second doses, a sign there’s plenty of supply for a new age group to get vaccinated.

Doctors agree vaccinating kids will be key to achieving herd immunity.

“To get to herd immunity, we need about 80% of the population vaccinated,” said Mo Kharbat, Regional VP of Pharmacy Services at SSM Health. “20% of the population in Wisconsin is under 16.”

Since not all adults will get vaccinated, Kharbat explains it will be important to get as many children vaccinated as possible.

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