Milwaukee area pharmacies prepare to vaccinate teens ages 12-15


MILWAUKEE – As the country awaits CDC approval for children between the ages of 12 and 15 to be vaccinated, many parents have welcomed FDA approval as they anxiously wait to get their children vaccinated.

The Milwaukee area health department, pharmacies, parents and schools all work together to help young teens get vaccinated.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett confirmed on Tuesday that the city is working with a handful of MPS schools and non-MPS schools interested in hosting the clinics.

They hope to start next week.

These 12- to 15-year-old students could receive doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine within days. The city is working to set up vaccination clinics where the children are already: in schools.

“I think all parties are keen to have them in schools for children aged 12 to 15,” said Mayor Barrett. “We’re obviously going to have to work out some of the issues with parental permission to make sure the kids can have it. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

Meanwhile, medical professionals are also busy preparing for this next wave of young people.

“We have our pool vaccinators, a small surveillance area, a private space, in case a child wants an extra little nook,” said Dimmy Sokhal of Hayat Pharmacy.

Hayat is able to vaccinate as soon as they are given the green light.

“We have a lot of flyers. We have our updated calendar so that interested parents can make a tentative appointment,” Sokhal said.

Hayat is just one of many such preparations.

“We are putting in place processes for children under 12 to register for the vaccine,” said Dr. Kevin Dahlman of Advocate Aurora Health.

At Advocate Aurora, doctors strive to educate parents about vaccines and young adolescents before possible vaccinations.

“Our goal is to have these conversations with parents. Encourage them to do reading and research.” Dr Dahlman said.

Parent Justin Ihrcke said that while he personally chooses not to get the vaccine at this point, he would encourage his children, if they were between the ages of 12 and 15, to do this research and make their own decision.

“Sure, it’s your choice and I’ll just give you the options,” he said.

The CDC is expected to discuss its recommendation for the vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 on Wednesday morning.

Children who receive the first photo at the Wisconsin Center will be registered to get their second photo at an alternate location, as the Wisconsin Center operation is scheduled to close on May 28.

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