Local pharmacy has answers for parents about COVID-19 vaccines and kids

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Alyssa Whittington is a Webb City mom whose kids aren’t old enough to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but even if they were, Alyssa would still want to know more.

“I do vaccinations but it’s kind of a wait-and-see-type thing right now,” said Alyssa.

With the FDA’s recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine for the 12 to 15 age group, the Joplin-area’s Stone’s Corner Pharmacy will soon be hosting a vaccination clinic for ages 12 and up, but they want to do more than just that.

The pharmacy’s owner also wants his team to be a source of information for parents and guardians with questions about kids and the COVID-19 vaccine, and he knows some of those queries can get personal.

“‘Did you take it?’ (many parents ask) Yes I did, and as soon as it was available. And they’ll ask about children, ‘Would you give it to your kids?’ Well, my kids aren’t in the age range but if they were, I would be fine with giving it to my kids. And that’s where the rubber meets the road. That’s what people wants to know,” said Stone’s Corner Pharmacy owner Chad Isaacs.

The Stone’s Corner team is also happy to go over the latest data from the CDC, FDA, and other reputable health organizations with parents concerned about their kids and Coronavirus vaccines, but they also understand many people want to do the research themselves, and for them, the pharmacy team has some advice.

“The biggest way to tell if something is a reputable site is if they cite their references,” said Isaacs.

Alyssa Whittington may not be bringing her kids to Stone’s Corner’s next vaccination clinic, but she wants to learn more before her kids are old enough and she has to make a decision.

“I would listen and I’d be willing to understand, but as far as (getting my kids vaccinated), I’m still unsure,” said Alyssa.

Fortunately, she’s got experts right in her own backyard.

The Stone’s Corner Pharmacy in Webb City will offer the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up on Friday, May 23rd from 2 PM to 6:30 PM.

They do need folks to make an appointment and those under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian’s permission.


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