NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Vaccinations are going to start picking up for young kids across Nashville this week, as the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be made available at more locations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer's vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11 last week. It's a smaller dose and kids will need a two-dose regimen to get full immunity.
Amya Elliott got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the children's hospital Vanderbilt on Monday. She had to skip a little bit of school to do so. "I wish they’re not writing any paragraphs, because I love to write paragraphs," she said.
Vanderbilt had a lot of things to distract kids while they got the jab. "I felt to myself, I got this! But first, I need to take some deep breaths to make sure I was ready, and then she just did it," Amya said.
Her dad, Dwayne Elliott, hopes her classmates will get it too. "We believe in science, and we want to make sure that she can participate in things, and it’s mostly to protect everyone else as well," Elliott said.
Jill Robbins and her family opted for a drive-thru clinic. "It’s fantastic. We’re so excited. We’ve got basketball season coming up, and we’re happy to get vaccinated," Robbins said.
First grader Charles Robbins noted that he's ready to be done with masks. "Now I can brag about it and get fully vaccinated. I don’t even have to wear my mask in actual school," Charles said.
Below are a few of the ways your child can get vaccinated this week in Nashville:
Metro Nashville Public Health Department:
- Antioch drive-thru vaccination site at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike. Open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- West Nashville drive-thru vaccination site at 28th Ave. and Charlotte Ave. Open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- The Health Department also offers pop-up vaccination clinics throughout the week. See the schedule by clicking here.
Metro Nashville Public Schools:
Parents or guardians must be present for a child to receive the vaccine. Older kids and adults can also receive the shot or a booster shot at one of the scheduled clinics. Clinics will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the locations and dates below:
Monday, November 8, and November 29
- Maplewood High, 401 Walton Ln, Nashville, TN 37216
- Cane Ridge High, 12848 Old Hickory Blvd, Antioch, TN 37013
Wednesday, November 10, and December 1
- McGavock High, 3150 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN 37214
- Hillsboro High, 3812 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
Friday, November 12, and December 3
- Pearl-Cohn High, 904 26th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
- Glencliff High, 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Monday, November 15, and December 6
- Hunters Lane High, 1150 Hunters Ln, Nashville, TN 37207
- John Overton High, 4820 Franklin Rd, Nashville, TN 37220
Wednesday, November 17, and December 8
- Stratford Stem High, 1800 Stratford Ave, Nashville, TN 37216
- Antioch High, 1900 Hobson Pike, Antioch, TN 37013
Friday, November 19, and December 10
- Whites Creek High, 7277 Old Hickory Blvd, Whites Creek, TN 37189
- Hillwood High, 400 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205
Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
- Vaccinations will be administered on the main campus at the Children's Hospital Theater.
- Appointments are available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
- Schedule an appointment online by clicking here or calling the COVID hotline at 888-312-0847.