Where to get your child vaccinated for Covid-19 in Cleveland


A Covid-19 vaccine rests on a table during a Care Alliance pop-up vaccination clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. Photo by Michael Indriolo


Screenshot of the Cleveland Department of Public Health’s most recent surveillance report.

Healthcare providers throughout Cleveland are beginning to offer pediatric Covid-19 vaccines to children now that the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have approved them for emergency use for children aged 5-11. 

The CDC had previously recommended Covid-19 vaccination only for those older than 12. In a statement released Tuesday, the organization endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine, which is roughly one-third the dose of an adult vaccine, as safe and effective. This move expands vaccine eligibility to about 28 million American children, and seems to be at least partly motivated by a five-fold spike in Covid-19 cases among children and adolescents that occurred earlier this summer. 

Yet many parents have perhaps instinctively expressed concern about the vaccine’s safety for children. However, Pfizer and BioNTech presented the FDA with trial data that found no new safety concerns or side effects other than those experienced by adults after vaccination (soreness at the injection site, fatigue, headache and muscle aches). 

About 41 percent of Cleveland’s population has been fully vaccinated, according to data from the Cleveland Department of Public Health’s most recent surveillance report filed on Oct. 29. In Cuyahoga County, however, about 56 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated. 

While most pediatric vaccines are scheduled for shipping next week, many local healthcare providers already have some in stock and are accepting appointments. Parents or legal guardians must accompany any child getting vaccinated. 

Check here for options that are closest to you. 

Ohio Department of Health 

The Ohio Department of Health has partnered with the Cleveland Department of Public Health and a few organizations to provide the pediatric vaccine in Northeast Ohio. You can schedule your appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

The Cleveland Clinic

You can schedule a vaccine appointment through MyChart, which is the Cleveland Clinic’s online healthcare portal. Scheduling instructions can be found here on the Cleveland Clinic website

University Hospitals

UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in University Circle is offering pediatric vaccines through a child’s primary care pediatrician if they’re already a UH patient. For those who aren’t UH patients, the hospital is hosting vaccination clinics for children. Those interested can call (216) 508-0333 to schedule a spot at a clinic. 

Neighborhood Family Practice 

Neighborhood family practice is accepting appointments for pediatric vaccines over the phone at (216) 281-0872 and through its website. It has locations around Cleveland’s west side in Detroit Shoreway, Tremont, Stockyards and Bellaire-Puritas. 

Care Alliance Health Center 

You can schedule a pediatric vaccine appointment at Care Alliance by calling them at (216) 535-9100. Care Alliance has health centers in downtown and Central. 

CVS

CVS will begin administering pediatric vaccines for children aged 5-11 on Sunday, but you can schedule an appointment on their website in the meantime. CVS has locations in Fairfax, Cudell and downtown. The appointment scheduler on their website will direct you to the location closest to you. 

Rite Aid
Rite Aid has begun booking Covid-19 vaccination appointments for children through its website. Cleveland has several Rite Aid locations in Old Brooklyn, Stockyards, Hough, Glenville and more. The appointment scheduler on their website will direct you to the location closest to you.

For more information about Covid-19, check out the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health or the Ohio Department of Health.

Michael Indriolo is a reporting fellow at The Land.

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