PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- For the first time, a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic was held at Solano Elementary School in Phoenix.
The superintendent of the Osborn School District tells Arizona's Family they plan to have similar events at all of its schools. "This will help keep kids in school," superintendent Michael Robert said. "Any vaccinated student that may have an exposure to someone who has COVID would not have to quarantine."
One week ago, kids as young as five became eligible for the pediatric Pfizer vaccine. The Arizona Department of Health Services says nearly 225,000 doses were allocated from the federal government for the first week. On Wednesday, a White House official said around 900,000 kids are expected to have their first dose by the end of the day.
Approximately 900,000 children ages 5 through 11 are expected to have received a first dose …
Dr. Nick Staab with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health says they don't have weekly numbers yet, but on Saturday, the county administered 5,000 doses to kids at its events. That number does not include private practices and pharmacies.
"We know that the harder work is going to be once that demand slows down, to get out into the community, find where are there are populations that have not yet been vaccinated," Dr. Staab said. He says they want to educate and ensure families have the correct information they need to make their children's health choices.
He says they want to focus on school-based events because they know those events are already safe and welcoming places for families.
Here's where you can find more information on Maricopa County vaccine events and providers.