Polk County Health Department sees increase in pediatric vaccines administered

DES MOINES, Iowa — As the omicron coronavirus variant spreads across the country, the Polk County health department has noticed an increase in the number of children receiving their pediatric vaccine.

According to the health department, pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine have always been in demand. But now around the holidays, the demand is increasing.

“Our clinic has seen a steady increase in individuals, parents and guardians seeking to have their child vaccinated against COVID-19 as young as 5 years old,” said Nola Aigner Davis, the Polk County Health Department communications officer. “We do this on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And all those days our appointments are incredibly full. It’s really encouraging for us and all of our healthcare staff.”

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the only days when the Polk County Health Department administers pediatric injections. There are vaccination options for adults from Monday to Friday. You can register for appointments at immunizepolk.com.

The health department is also encouraging people to get their flu shot, as a bad flu season could put hospitals in even worse situations.

“I think it’s also very important for individuals who didn’t get their flu shot to get their flu shot,” Davis said. “We don’t know what the flu will look like this year. We cannot do this to our healthcare system.”

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