UAMS to Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 12-15

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Ainsley Alrbight, 17, will receive her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic on April 10. Starting Thursday, UAMS will offer the vaccine to children aged 12 and older. Image by Karmen Robinson

May 12, 2021 | LITTLE ROCK – Starting Thursday, children 12 and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 and older. The approval follows the Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Monday to grant emergency use authorization, allowing the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to children 12 to 15 years old. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in children ages 16 and older.

In partnership with the City of Little Rock, UAMS operates a vaccination clinic located in the Center at University Park at 6401 West 12th St., in Little Rock. The COVID Vaccine Clinic is open from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday.

The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus also offers a drive-thru clinic in Fayetteville.

You don’t have to be a UAMS patient to receive a vaccine at these clinics.

There are no cash costs for vaccinations. Bring valid ID and insurance cards if you have these. A parent or guardian must come to the vaccination appointment with patients under the age of 18.

Walk-ins are welcome at the vaccination clinic in Little Rock. Appointments can be made by calling (501) 686-8960 or by visiting If the phone lines are busy, callers are prompted to leave a message; calls and online requests are returned in the order they were received.

Appointments are required at the clinic in Fayetteville. Call (479) 332-0222 or go to to make an appointment.

To ensure that patients receive both required doses of the vaccine, which is necessary for maximum protection, a second appointment will be scheduled for each patient when they receive their first dose.

UAMS is the state’s only health science university, with colleges for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions and public health; a graduate school; Hopital; a main campus in Little Rock; a regional campus in northwestern Arkansas in Fayetteville; a national network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation . UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that spans the entire UAMS clinical business, including the hospital, the regional clinics and clinics it operates, or the staff working in conjunction with other healthcare providers. UAMS is the only level 1 adult trauma center in the state. US News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state’s best hospital; ranked his ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 in the country; and listed six areas as performing well – COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and four dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who care for patients at UAMS, the regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.


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