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Sgt. Heidy Bucheli, noncommissioned officer in charge of anesthesiology at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, prepares a COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11, Nov. 18.

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center vaccine team began administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to beneficiaries 5 to 11 years old Monday.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered by appointment only.

Parents can schedule a vaccine appointment online at www.tricareonline.com or by calling the appointment line at 254-288-8888.

The appointment line is available from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.

Beneficiaries should bring a valid Department of Defense ID card to their scheduled appointment.

The vaccines will be given at the CRDAMC, Bldg. 36065, Wratten Dr., and in Hematology Clinic 1 on the 2nd Floor.

The vaccine site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The site is closed on weekends and federal holidays.

The Food and Drug Administration gave the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 emergency authorization to use in children ages 5 to15 years old and full approval to use in individuals ages 16 or older.

After two 10mg doses, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was approximately 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infection in children age 5 to 11 and caused no unexpected safety issues.