Wellstar Health Systems has opened two pediatric vaccination centers for COVID-19 following the United States Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the COVID vaccine for existing Wellstar pediatric patients aged 5 to 11. Wellstar began offering COVID vaccinations for children under age 12 the weekend of Nov. 5, 2021 and quickly filled more than 100 vaccination appointments on the first day.
As of late November 2021, nearly 2,000 appointments have been scheduled through January 2022. The Wellstar pediatric COVID vaccination sites are located at the East Cobb and Acworth Health Parks, and parents and caregivers are encouraged to schedule a vaccination appointment with their childrenâ€™s pediatrician.
â€œDuring the COVID pandemic, Wellstar has remained dedicated to protecting our practitioners, patients, and the children of our communities,â€ said Dr. Avril Beckford, chief pediatric officer for Wellstar Health System. â€œWe are incredibly excited by the high demand and interest in pediatric vaccinations and proud of the families who have taken the important step to vaccinate their children to offer some of our youngest patients protection against COVID.â€
Wellstarâ€™s COVID pediatric vaccination clinics include waiting rooms for families to relax in while their children are vaccinated. In addition, parents can also schedule follow-up visits, including the second vaccine dose and other important immunizations while waiting.