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Following a meeting and a unanimous (14-0) vote from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the CDC has recommended Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, delivered in two doses spaced three weeks apart. 

In clinical trials in children ages 5-11, the vaccine was 90% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and there were no serious vaccine-related safety concerns. The vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 to young children amid the ongoing pandemic.

Pfizer’s vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that is FDA authorized for use in children. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently authorized for adults 18 and older. 

Getting your child's COVID-19 vaccine at Amherst Pediatrics

Amherst Pediatrics is providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to our eligible patients aged 5-11 years of age through specially scheduled COVID-19 vaccine clinics. COVID-19 vaccine clinic appointments can only be scheduled through your MyChart patient portal.

We can only offer appointment slots for the number of vaccines shipped to us. If you do you not see any available appointments, please keep watching for more openings. These will continue to open as additional vaccine is shipped to us.

We are not able to give COVID-19 vaccine at the flu clinics as the COVID-19 vaccine administration requires additional time which we cannot accommodate during the flu clinics. For this reason, while patients may receive a flu vaccine at the COVID-19 clinic, they cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine during a flu clinic appointment.

The COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time as other vaccines.

If your child has an appointment already scheduled with a provider and we have COVID-19 vaccine available, we will offer it to your child, even if they will be receiving other vaccines. 

For patients turning 12 years of age before a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends giving the dose appropriate to the age of the individual at the time the vaccine is due.  ie., if they receive the pediatric dose as a first dose but then turn 12 years old, they should receive the 12 and older dose when it is next due.

We do NOT have COVID-19 vaccine for patients ages 12 years and older. You will need to go into the community for that vaccine.

We are not able to maintain a cancellation list.  Please keep checking the portal for more openings.

We cannot schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments over the phone. You must utilize this portal for scheduling.

Thank you all for your patience! 



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Monday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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31 Hall Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
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Please note temporary office hours
during the COVID-19 pandemic

Patient Care Hours:
Monday-Friday

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM: In-office and MyChart Telehealth visits
4:45 PM - 7:00 PM: MyChart Telehealth visits only

Sat-Sun
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
: MyChart Telehealth visits only

Due to the pandemic, we ask that you please remain at home if you or your child is ill. If you have concerns about how your child is feeling, please contact us by sending a message through this patient portal. The clinicians will be able to respond to you during our regular hours. Calling the office may present a further delay in response times.

The COVID-19 situation is ever unfolding. We are dedicated to the safety of our patients and staff. Please refer to our website for updates on this changing situation.

* Please note: It is our policy that we do not approve referral requests for visits to outside urgent care centers during times that our office is open.

Holidays
We are open for urgent visits only on most Holidays. Our office is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.