Health departments running low, out of pediatric doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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Some local health departments are running low on pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as they await shipments from the state health department. 

Local health departments tell me they should receive their next shipment of pediatric doses from the state health department in the coming days. 

The state department of health says it’s not responsible for the shipments of doses.

It only submits the order to the federal government — which is responsible to shipping it to the different counties.

If they don’t, that could mean many cancelled appointments early next week. 

“We still see demand exceeding supply,” said Christian Walker, Administrator of the Hamilton County Health Department.

Almost every central Indiana health department is waiting on more pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the state health department.  

“As soon as we get more vaccine in, we’re going to add more hours to make sure we’re accommodating those families and get vaccinated into the holiday season,” Walker said.

Walker says all available doses are accounted for with appointments and they could run out by Tuesday if more doses don’t arrive soon. 

“Overall for the local health departments, it’s helpful we can order the doses but that doesn’t mean we’re going to get everything we order just based upon demand,” said Stephenie Mellinger, administrator of the Madison County Health Department.

Madison County ran out of pediatric doses two weeks ago. 

Mellinger says 200 doses arrived on Wednesday and they’ve resumed administering pediatric doses. 

“We ordered another 500 so we expect those doses to come if not today, then Monday,” Mellinger said.

Boone County has been out of pediatric doses for more than two weeks too and says they are still awaiting 700 doses from the state health department. 

They were not available for an interview today but said they will be ready to start vaccinating 5 to 10-year-olds after the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Meanwhile—some health departments are accepting walk-ins and appointments. 

“We have plenty of appointments available,” Mellinger said.

Health officials say there’s still time for parents to make appointments for their child to get their first dose of the vaccine before thanksgiving.   

Hoosiers can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in any county, regardless of residency.  

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