Preorder Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Shots by Today
By Joey Berlin

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is requesting that pediatric practitioners preorder the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by 5 pm CT today, in light of the Food and Drug Administration’s pending emergency use authorization of that vaccine for ages 5 to 11.

In a release Tuesday afternoon, DSHS said the orders must be placed in the Vaccine Allocation Ordering System by today’s deadline. Orders must be in 300-dose increments, and 300 doses is the minimum order. State health officials ask practitioners to place orders for both the first and second Pfizer doses and to note:

  • Vaccine allocations will be made based on doses available to the state, and not all doses requested may be filled during initial ordering.
  • The exact shipment delivery date for the initial order is unknown.
  • Practitioners must accept delivery of the vaccine shipments.
  • Pediatric ancillary kits containing needles, syringes, limited personal protective equipment, and other necessary materials will be added to orders automatically and shipped at the same time as the vaccine.

DSHS also announced that shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 adult vaccine will be suspended between Oct. 29 and Nov. 3 “to maximize pediatric vaccine deliveries.” Shipments of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will continue as normal.

Email DSHS with questions regarding Pfizer preordering.

Last Updated On

October 20, 2021

Originally Published On

October 20, 2021

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Joey Berlin is associate editor of Texas Medicine. His previous work includes stints as a reporter and editor for various newspapers and publishing companies, and he’s covered everything from hard news to sports to workers’ compensation. Joey grew up in the Kansas City area and attended the University of Kansas. He lives in Austin.

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