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CVS, Walgreens have opened vaccine appointments for kids 5-11. Here’s what to know

Children 5-11 to can get the COVID-19 vaccine at CVS, Walgreens and other locations

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CVS Pharmacy sign shown in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

A CVS Pharmacy sign is shown in Mount Lebanon, Pa., on Monday May 3, 2021. The chain has announced it will now administer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5-11.

Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press

CVS and Walgreens have opened COVID-19 vaccine appointments for kids 5-11 just one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the vaccine for that age group.

CVS, Walgreens add kids COVID-19 vaccine appointments

  • CVS will start administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 on Sunday, per USA Today.
  • Walgreens will start administering doses on Saturday.
  • You can schedule your appointment online on CVS or Walgreens websites.

The vaccine shipments are expected to arrive at Walgreens stores this week. From there, the stores will start to distribute them to the children.

  • “The COVID-19 vaccine is just as important to protect children as other routine immunizations are, and the expanded eligibility will help children stay in school safely and prevent severe illness due to COVID-19,” said Kevin Ban, Walgreens’ chief medical officer, in a statement, per USA Today.

Why COVID-19 vaccine matters for kids

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, told “Good Morning America” that the vaccine is a major step forward for families.

  • “This is really just a time for parents to celebrate,” she said.
  • “Importantly, we’ve taken the time to get this right, to do the science, to have a kids’ dosing schedule,” she said.