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Vaccine rollout for children ages 5 to 11 begins across Oregon

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EUGENE, Ore. -- After the CDC authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11, health officials in Oregon are urging patience as distribution efforts begin.

Lane County Public Health said it will receive 14,200 vaccine doses so far. That's enough to vaccinate more than half of the roughly 25,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 across the county.

Those doses are being shipped directly to vaccination providers including pediatric clinics, family care practices, school-based health programs, and pharmacies over the next 10 days, Lane County Public Health said. Additional deliveries will continue on a regular schedule in the following weeks.

Lane County residents will be able to schedule appointments for pediatric clinics hosted by county officials starting the morning of Friday, Nov. 5. Those clinics will begin Tuesday, Nov. 9, according to LCPH. Some vaccination providers in the county are already allowing people to schedule appointments for children in this age group.

Larger-scale booster dose clinics for adults will be paused until after Lane County has met the immediate demand for pediatric doses, health officials said. Booster doses remain available at primary care providers and pharmacies throughout Lane County.

Health officials in Coos County said doses are tricking into the county. They said appointments may not be available at all locations until the end of next week due to the limited supply. Supplies are expected to build to full availability over the next few weeks.

For the past two months, children under the age of 18 have made up roughly one-fifth of all new COVID-19 cases in Oregon, according to the Oregon Health Authority. There have been three COVID-19 related deaths in children under 18.

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