Monument Health holds child-focused vaccine clinics to encourage, simplify youth shots
RAPID CITY, S.D. — With no school Monday, Monument Health hosted a pediatric vaccination clinic as a convenience for parents.
Children ages five and up are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through Monument Health at any time.
There are approximately 28 million children and teens in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control says nearly two million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in that age group as of October 2021.
The CDC also saying COVID-19 is one of the top 10 causes of death for children ages five to 11.
“We’re hoping to get a lot of kids in to get vaccinated; we currently have open appointments, and you can call in and make an appointment or you can walk in,” says Kim Jensen, RN and COVID clinic coordinator for Monument Health.
As of Friday, January 14, in South Dakota, only about 19% of children ages five through 11 had received their vaccine. That number jumps to 41% for children and teens ages 12-15, and 45% for teens ages 16 and 17. Information on vaccine numbers and current cases can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Jensen says the easiest way to schedule an appointment is to text “VACCINE” to 844-736-4798, or go online to your MyChart account.
“Come on down, get your vaccination; you can make an appointment on MyChart or online, you can call the COVID triage line and also make an appointment, or you can walk in,” Jensen adds.
Monument Health will host another pediatric vaccination clinic this Saturday, January 22 from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for anyone who missed out on Monday’s event.
CLICK HERE for more information on Monument Health’s vaccination efforts.