A child gets a high five after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Wisconsin’s youngest are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but availability is not universal

UW Health will start vaccinating those under 5 starting Tuesday.

By Rich Kremer, Wisconsin Public Radio

It’s been more than a week since COVID-19 vaccinations were approved for kids ages 6 months to 5 years old, but some hospitals are still waiting to schedule appointments. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is urging parents to be patient as vaccinators get up to speed on new guidelines.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were approved for young children by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 18. Some Wisconsin parents and guardians grew frustrated last week as they tried scheduling appointments for their kids.

On Monday, DHS urged patience as vaccinators “take the necessary steps to review all guidelines and receive the vaccines.”

UW Health COVID-19 vaccine coordinator Andrea Wipperfurth said the health system preordered the vaccines June 9 and received them Monday morning.

“That allowed us to go ahead and open up our schedules,” Wipperfurth told Wisconsin Public Radio. “And we have appointments for this very young age group starting tomorrow.”

Wipperfurth encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to provide the best protection against COVID-19, even if instances of severe illness are low in young children. Read more …