Phoenix Children’s offers COVID vaccine to families in Phoenix
PHOENIX – Phoenix Children’s continues to live up to its world-renowned reputation, offering the best possible healthcare for children and their families.
Amidst the pandemic, its goals have been magnified.
With a family-centered approach, the hospital has opened a drive-thru vaccine clinic dedicated to their patients 12-years-old and up and their families located on their main campus in Phoenix.
From 7:30 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, drive-thru appointments are available for families to schedule by calling the hospital’s main phone number at (602) 933-1000.
Phoenix Children’s COVID vaccine POD is located at the corner of Thomas Road and 20th Street.
Families can find the vaccination POD in Lot 4. The entrance is on 20th Street, just south of Thomas Road.
Dr. Gary Kirkilas. a general pediatrician at the hospital’s main campus has helped run the drive-thru since it opened.
He encourages any parent with a child 12 and older who is able to get the vaccine, to get it.
“I monitor the kids and I have seen firsthand that most kids do quite well,” Kirkilas said. “I haven’t had any side effects; we monitor the kids for 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccine and everyone does quite well.”
Kirkilas believes although most kids do okay after contracting COVID-19, there’s a bigger reason for them to vaccinated against the virus.
“We have vaccines for most childhood illnesses, you know there’s a reason why we don’t see so much measles and there’s a reason why we don’t children in wheelchairs due to polio and it’s because we have vaccines,” Kirkilas said. “And this is really no different – when a new respiratory illness arises, we need vaccines to prevent them in our children.”
Families interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine can learn more at the hospital’s website.
Upon appointment, visitors are asked to wear a mask during the vaccination appointment, a form of ID for all individuals over 18 years old receiving the vaccine, and an insurance card, if your child is covered by health insurance.