On Tuesday the CDC issued a recommendation to vaccinate children 5-11 years old with the Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccine.

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For many West Michigan families, this is great news as school outbreaks have become a normal part of the school year and the only effective mitigation technique for younger students was universal masking, which many parents have pushed back on.

Now those younger students can get the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Those looking to get their kids scheduled in West Michigan have many options as healthcare providers and pharmacies are expected to begin these vaccinations within the next few days.

The Kent County Health Department has extended clinic hours at all locations to help in the vaccination process. Here's the info from KCHD:

The Kent County Health Department is currently taking appointments for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for this age group. In addition, extended clinic hours at all locations will be held on:

-Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 8am to 11:45am and 12:45pm to 6:45pm
-Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 8am to 11:45am and 12:45pm to 6:45pm

Appointments can be made for all three KCHD clinic locations during regular business hours by calling (616) 632-7200. Residents can also reach out to their primary care physician and local pharmacies for availability.

You can also get information and schedule your appointments online:

Vaccinate West Michigan
Many community clinics are available on the website which is a collaboration between health departments across the region and healthcare providers, this has been the best resource for vaccine info since the beginning of 2021 and should be your first stop: VaccinateWestMI.com

Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health MyChart or by calling the Vaccine Call Center (833.755.0696).

Metro Health
Metro Health MyChart or you can also call 616.252.6161 to schedule your vaccine appointment or with any questions.

Mercy Health
Mercy Health has set up online scheduling and has a call-in line available at 1-833-247-1258.

Local Pharmacies
For those who would like walk-in options, CVS, Walgreens, & Meijer also have vaccine availability, as do many local pharmacies.

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