KMBC 9: Children's Mercy offering vaccine clinics for people ages 16-21
by Emily Holwick
This week, Children's Mercy Hospital will start a series of vaccination clinics for some of the youngest people eligible to get the shot.
"I think this extra layer of protection is going to be helpful for all of our patients and all of their families and beyond," said Dr. Ryan McDonough, the physician lead for the hospital's COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
The hospital is holding three clinics for people age 16 to 21 to get the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only one authorized for 16 and 17-year-olds.
"We are in a unique position to really help get it out there and get as many doses as possible, while the pharmacies and other places who may have the Moderna vaccine or may have the J&J vaccine are more targeting adults," said Dr. Angela Myers, division director of Infectious Diseases at Children's Mercy.
Right now, there are about 400 doses for each clinic.
"We expect that number to increase as the interest in the community continues to increase," McDonough said.
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