Phoenix area’s Pleasant Pediatrics set to offer COVID-19 vaccines to ages 12+ | Coronavirus in Arizona

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – The CDC is expected to announce Wednesday that it is OK to give the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 12 and older. If they do, Pleasant Pediatrics will be ready to administer the vaccine on Thursday.

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Giving young children the chance to get the vaccine is something Ahwatukee, the father of four, Brian Barney was hoping for. His three daughters are all old enough to be vaccinated. But 15-year-old Andrew had to wait. “It would just be a lot of peace of mind, a tremendous relief to know that there is something that can protect all of our children,” says Brian. “We want to make that possible.”

Pleasant Pediatrics is ready to start administering the vaccine from Thursday.

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Pleasant pediatrics too. So when Maricopa County contacted private pediatric practices ahead of the CDC’s decision on Wednesday, the Valley-based group had drawn up a plan for how many shots they could potentially distribute.

“So there will be 3,300 available. But we know we can’t use that right away,” said Sandhya Ravi, Pleasant Pediatrics Medical Director. “We can keep this for another six months.”

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Pfizer vaccines must be ordered in shipments of 1,100. Combine that with the high cost of buying an ultra-freezer to store these vaccines and the risks of potential vaccine wastage, Ravi says, explaining why not so many providers have ordered additional injections in recent weeks. But for her team at Pleasant Pediatrics, getting more people vaccinated is worth it. “When these kids are approved and when they are vaccinated, the teachers can feel comfortable in the classroom,” says Sandhya. “And when these kids go to school, their parents can rest assured that their kids won’t take the disease home.”

“When these kids are approved and when they are vaccinated, the teachers can feel comfortable in the classroom,” says Sandhya.

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Pleasant pediatrics has only just made arrangements for this new age group, but there was a lot of interest.

“Last day, we had about 200 people who signed up,” said Akshay Ravi, Pleasant Pediatrics Program Director. “And we expect that once it’s over, we’ll have a few thousand more appointments in the coming weeks.”

Since clinical studies show a 100% efficacy rate, a pediatrician strongly recommends that parents do it so that their children can feel safe in school and interacting with others.

That is news, which sounds like music to Brian’s ears. “When it comes to the health of our children, it’s really about my wife and I and our pediatrician,” says Brian. “She says you should do it ASAP, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

For more information on how to sign up for an appointment at one of Pleasant Pediatrics’ locations, visit their website.

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