Johnson County health officials urge patience as families line up for kids’ COVID shots — what you need to know

Local health officials urge parents and families to talk to their child's pediatrician if they have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. A number of local hospitals and private pharmacies are offering vaccination slots for children, but the county health department's vaccine clinic is booked through the end of November. File image.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 are now being administered in Johnson County, but local health officials are urging families to be patient, noting that the effort to distribute and administer shots to everyone who wants one will take time and planning, especially in the early stages.

“I think the summary points are that it’s safe and effective,” Jennifer Watts, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospital said on Friday during a teleconference hosted by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “If you have questions, talk to your pediatrician. But my last request is be patient.”