Manlius father trying to track down COVID vaccine for his two kids

MANLIUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — As we ride this COVID surge, the number of people who have the latest vaccine is very low, even though it’s widely available for most. But evidently, not for the youngest ones out there.

For a local Manlius couple, it’s been a long month of uncertainty.

“It’s been hard to find a shot for anyone under three, as far as I can tell,” said Ethan Bennett of Manlius.

Making it difficult for parents like Bennett and his wife, with two little ones at home.

“Our oldest is about two and a quarter, and our youngest is almost 10 months,” said Bennett.

Their children’s health is their main priority.

“With just so many respiratory diseases and all those things going on, I want my kids to be as protected as possible,” said Bennett.

But that protection isn’t so simple. For about a month now, Bennett has been trying to track down the COVID-19 vaccine for both his kids. But even after several calls across Onondaga County and online searches, it’s felt like a dead end.

“The places that we’ve tried to look into, the larger pharmacies, they have age restrictions. They only do over three years old,” said Bennett.

Just a few weeks ago, Bennett says he tried getting his children vaccinated through their pediatric office at Heritage Family Medicine but still had no luck.

“It is a little frustrating that we can’t do the best practices of what the recommendations are,” said Bennett.

It’s not just his children’s age that’s an issue, but simply a lack of supply.

“It’s surprising to me that three, four years into the pandemic, we are still having trouble doing basic things, like making sure everyone gets a shot,” said Bennett.

As for now, Bennett is trying to stay optimistic, hoping he’ll get an answer sooner rather than later.

NewsChannel 9 reached out to several pharmacies, doctor offices and places where the COVID-19 vaccine appears to be available.

So far, we’ve only heard back from Kinney, which only provides COVID shots for children 12 years or older.

The Onondaga County Health Department said, “Parents having difficulty finding COVID vaccine for children under 3 years old can call the Health Department at 315-435-2000 for assistance finding vaccine for their child.”

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