COVID-19 vaccines are newly available for children ages 5–11. The doses are smaller than the vaccines for people 12 and older.
Threat level: COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, inflammatory syndromes and long-term complications, according to the CDC.
- During a six-week period in late June to mid-August as the Delta variant spread, COVID-19 hospitalizations among children and adolescents increased fivefold.
Context: Jose Romero, the state's health secretary, said last week Arkansas would receive nearly 110,000 doses for kids ages 5–11. He expects this amount will be enough to meet the initial demand.
Of note: This is not a comprehensive list of where you can get your child vaccinated in NWA. It doesn’t hurt to check with your child’s pediatrician or pharmacy.
Where kids can get vaccinated:
Arkansas Department of Health
- Various locations. Make an appointment here. The state is also hosting vaccine clinics with no appointment necessary for kids ages 5–11 at all local county health units today and tomorrow. They'll have extended hours until 6pm.
- Rogers clinic at 1233 W. Poplar St. and at the mobile health unit behind the Springdale clinic at 610 E. Emma Ave. Walk-ins are welcome.
- 4600 Mercy Lane in Springdale. Make an appointment here.
Arkansas Children's Northwest
- For existing patients only. 2601 Gene George Blvd., in Springdale. Call 479-725-6995 for an appointment.
Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas
- For existing patients only. Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics in Fayetteville and Rogers and most MANA Family Medicine clinics.
- Hours are 3-5:30pm on weekdays. Find the clinic at 1100 N. Woosley Ave. in Fayetteville. Walk-ins welcome. More info here.
Editor's note: We'll continue updating this guide as more vaccine options are available for children. We last updated it at 10am on Nov. 9.
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