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Kirk and Andrew Heinz have given thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses to adults. Now they want to help protect your kids, too.

UPDATED: 07/25/2022

When Kirk Heinz graduated pharmacy school in 1986, he knew he wanted to work in a small town.

“We’re usually the first line of support,” he said.

Kirk and his son, Andrew, are the co-owners of Kirk’s Pharmacies in Eatonville and Puyallup. They play an important role in their community as trusted sources of information. They also played an important role in getting people vaccinated early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have done multiple mass vaccination clinics, gone to adult family homes, gone to nursing homes,” Kirk said. “We continue to have appointments at the store every day for folks who want to get vaccines.”

All told, Kirk’s Pharmacy has given more than 33,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Kirk and his son were given a certificate of appreciation at our June 15 Board of Health meeting.

More than 2 years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirk and Andrew say they’re not done helping to get people vaccine. Now, they hope to get shots in the arms of some of the community’s youngest.

“Hopefully we can provide access to the younger ones whose parents are concerned with keeping them safe,” Kirk said.

Vaccine into the youngest arms.

Children have paid a big price during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation has seen:

  • Almost 14 million known cases of COVID-19 in children.
  • More than 80,000 kids hospitalized because of COVID-19.
  • More than 1,000 COVID-19 child deaths.

In mid-June, CDC authorized use of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children as young as 6 months old. All children, including those who have had the virus, should get vaccinated.

Seeing the youngest age group able to get the vaccine is a welcomed sight for Andrew.

“(The vaccine) is another level of protection against the coronavirus,” he said. “Vaccines have a long history of protecting us against things like hepatitis, flu, shingles, pneumonia.”

Questions? Talk to your trusted pharmacist.

Both Kirk and Andrew understand some parents may have questions about getting their young children vaccinated. They suggest talking to a healthcare provider about the vaccine. Consult your doctor, they say, your child’s physician or—even your trusted pharmacist.

“We’ve probably given them flu shots and other things already,” Andrew said. “So, this is just one more thing they can get in a in a space they feel more confident or comfortable closer to home.”

Your family can take steps to prevent the spread of COVID. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from severe illness.

Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated and everyone 5 and older should get a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Find vaccine locations for ages 6 months and up at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture.

And continue to follow safe practices to protect you and your family from COVID-19:

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UPDATED: 07/25/2022