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Suncoast waiting for Pfizer vaccine for kids; schools say they’ll keep families informed

An RN holds a vial with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 12 years at...
An RN holds a vial with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 12 years at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)(Mary Altaffer | AP)
Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 11:07 AM EST
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - As local parents wait for information regarding vaccine availability, officials with Manatee County schools say they have no plan to offer the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children from 5-11 at this time, but will make sure they will pass pertinent information on to parents as it is received.

Sarasota County school officials say it usually partners with the Department of Health to coordinate information and help make sure parents know where to look for the vaccine. “The school board will share any updates with our families and employees as soon as more information becomes available as local health departments wait to receive its first shipments of Pfizer,” the district told ABC7 in a email.

As of last week, The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota is currently waiting to receive a shipment of Pfizer vaccines for children 5 and older.

Though the DOH has yet to receive any of the Pfizer for 5-11, it is widely available in the local community at retail pharmacy locations. Residents can find locations in their area that have the vaccines available by visiting www.vaccines.gov.

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