FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — Last week, long lines lined up around vaccine clinics as kids anxiously waited for their shot. This week, some Indiana central health departments are reporting limited supplies of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, which is now FDA-approved for children ages 5-11.
“I guess I wasn’t expecting it. It was a little more surprising,” said Monica Heltz, director of the Fishers Health Department.
The high demand for the vaccine in children is not what surprises Heltz. Instead she said it was the low offer.
“There are many parents in our community and many communities who have been anxiously awaiting the release of this pediatric vaccine. I think it was a surprise to me that supplies were limited,” Heltz said.
She’s not alone — other Indiana central health departments are dealing with the same problem. Hamilton County Department officials said they hope to make more agreements after they receive a new shipment of the vaccine early next week.
The Marion County Public Health Department said that despite high demand, there are enough doses to offer in all assigned clinics.
Heltz said the good news is that ordering more vaccines isn’t an issue.
“The first bolus that was population-based, which came directly from the federal government, and then we could just start today and order more vaccines like we do for the other vaccines – other COVID vaccines and non-COVID vaccines,” he said. Heltz.
So far, more 8,763 children have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Heltz expects that number to only increase as supplies grow, a problem she says will be resolved in the coming weeks.
“For now, for people who want to make an appointment, I’d say go ahead and make an appointment at a place and time that’s convenient for you, and as these places like ours continue to receive stock, we should be able to to open. back up to walk-ins and, you know, you’ll find you can shift your appointment,” Heltz said.
To make an appointment for your child, a map can be found at ourshot.in.gov. It shows you all the locations where pediatric doses are offered.