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Having trouble finding COVID-19 vaccines for your child under 5? You're not alone

KOAT Albuquerque logo KOAT Albuquerque 8/6/2022
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It's been almost two months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5, but some parents are having trouble finding the shot.

Amanda Brownson and Colter Armstrong spent three weeks looking for a COVID-19 vaccine for their 18-month-old Jaxson.

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"Why is it so difficult to get a vaccine for kids under 5 years old? I mean, he's high risk. I tried Walgreens, but they only do 5 years and up. They told me to try CVS. CVS was the same thing," Brownson said.

Then they went to the New Mexico Department of Health.

"I called the Department of Health to get an access code but couldn't get any answers at all," Brownson said.


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KOAT reached out to the Department of Health, and they gave us a statement saying: "While pharmacies performed the majority of COVID-19 vaccinations for the rest of the population, many don't often serve younger age groups. "

They're asking parents to go to vaccinenm.org to find appointments for kids under 5. There, we found a step-by-step process. An access code allows parents like Armstrong and Brownson to add their kids as dependents and find appointments.

"It requires an access code and your date of birth. I don't have an access code because I'm all up to date on my shots," Brownson said.

They say they waited for a few days with no response before getting a random text message from the Department of Health with a new access code and finally were able to book the appointment they were looking for.

"That's all I needed, and I was able to link his account to mine. I got an appointment set up for Aug. 31," Brownson said.

The New Mexico Department of Health says around three-fourths of COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 will be given by primary care providers or practitioners instead of pharmacies.

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