More COVID-19 vaccines headed to family doctors, pediatricians

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — President Joe Biden announced plans to increase COVID vaccinations on Tuesday, July 7.

The plan includes getting the vaccine to more primary care physicians and pediatricians.

Desert Pediatrics in Tucson has been distributing the Moderna vaccine for the past three weeks.

dr. Tien Nguyen said they vaccinated about a dozen people every week. As of now, the office is limited in who they can vaccinate as Moderna is not approved for people under the age of 18.

“It’s seeking FDA approval for ages 12 and up, so we hope to hear the good news soon so we can give it to our teens,” Nguyen said.

Pfizer, which is approved for teens, must be kept in a freezer that Desert Pediatrics does not have.

“It’s only good for two weeks in a regular freezer,” she said. “We didn’t want to waste a vaccine.”

Biden said the established relationship between a patient and a health care provider may encourage more people to get vaccinated, and Dr. Nguyen agrees.

“I feel with a doctor’s office, they’re more likely to trust their doctor,” she said.

She hopes more parents will get the vaccine as they bring their kids in for back-to-school appointments.

Desert Pediatrics gives free vaccines to everyone 18 and older on Thursdays.

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