Manatee County, Florida clinics offer COVID vaccine to children

Dozens of pharmacies and clinics in Manatee County offer the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

The pediatric vaccine has a smaller needle and a smaller dose compared to the vaccine for adolescents and adults. The United States Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in late October, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccine last week.

And both American Academy of Pediatrics and the The American Academy of Family Physicians approved the shot.

The vaccine, they said, can help prevent serious illness or death, and it can prevent children from spreading COVID-19 to vulnerable friends, family, classmates and neighbors.

“The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the potential risks to this population,” the doctors’ organization said.

Here are some options for families in Manatee County looking for a pediatric vaccine appointment or a walk-in pharmacy:

MCR Health

MCR Health began offering Pfizer’s vaccine to all of its pediatric sites on Monday.

“Parents will need to call and make an appointment with a nurse,” MCR president Patrick Carnegie said in a statement. “Parents will need to complete a screening and sign our consent form. “

MCR Health has provided a list of nearly a dozen locations and phone numbers that parents can use to make an appointment.

  • AMA Gulf Coast Pediatrics, 941-747-2242
  • Arcadia Children’s Health Center, 863-494-4433
  • Edgar H. Price Jr., 941-776-4050
  • Lawton Chiles Child and Family Health Center, 941-708-8600
  • Manatee Primary School based health center, 941-348-1169
  • Manatee Pediatrics, 941-748-4602
  • MCR Health Fruitville, 941-867-0127
  • Southern Manatee Pediatrics, 941-210-7942
  • South East High School, 941-245-0057
  • Pediatrics of Venice, 941-493-3282
  • Whole Child Pediatrics, 941-366-2273

Local pharmacies

FamilyCare Discount Pharmacy, 3633 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton, accepts walk-in visits for the pediatric vaccine. The store, in Suite B9, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Ellenton Discount Pharmacy, 8324 US Highway 301 N. in Parrish, is open to walk-in people from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Families can also make an appointment online at the following link:

Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy, 6310 Health Park Way, Suite 130, makes an appointment by phone at 941-907-1500.

“We have consent forms that parents can fill out before the appointment if they need a guardian to accompany the child to the scheduled appointment,” said LuAnn Cathel, supplement specialist, in a statement. -mail to the Bradenton Herald.

Chain stores

Walmart offers the pediatric vaccine To 5,100 pharmacies nationwide, including several locations in Manatee County. Visit to find locations and make an appointment.

In a statement celebrating the new shot, Lisa Smith, senior director of clinical strategy and operations at Walmart US, called the pediatric vaccine a gift that will protect children and their communities.

“Initially the supply may be limited, so check availability through the planner before you go to the pharmacy,” she said. “You can make an appointment to reserve your child’s place in advance, or just come in, depending on availability.”

Publish offers both walk-in visits and pediatric vaccine appointments in some locations.

Appointments are available online – not by phone – at

“Same day appointments are not available,” Publix said in a statement. “In-person parental or legal guardian consent is required at the time of vaccination for people under the age of 18. ”

CVS accepts appointments at approximately 190 pharmacies in Florida. To find locations in Manatee County, visit or download the CVS app.

Both tools will be updated with new stores as more vaccines become available.

“Our vaccinators have prepared themselves for this important role and are ready to answer parents’ questions, guide them and their children through the process, and administer the vaccines safely, with kindness and compassion,” said said Dr Troyen A. Brennan, Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health.

Walgreens said children can receive both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot.

To make an appointment, visit or download the Walgreens app. Families can also make an appointment by calling 800-Walgreens.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is just as important in protecting children as other routine vaccinations, and the expanded eligibility will help children stay in school safely and prevent serious illness from COVID-19.” , said Chief Medical Officer Dr Kevin Ban. officer for Walgreens.

This story was originally published November 11, 2021 at 12:21 pm.

Giuseppe Sabella, education reporter for the Bradenton Herald, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He has spent time at the Independent Florida Alligator, the Gainesville Sun, and the Florida Times-Union. His coverage of education in Manatee County earned him a top prize in the 2019 Florida Society of News Editors Journalism Competition. Giuseppe also spent a year in Charleston, W.Va., winning a first place award for investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @Gsabella

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