Indiana, Illinois, able to vaccinate youngsters 12-15 years previous

Wabash Valley -19 Updates

Posted: May 13, 2021 / 8:40 AM EDT
Updated: May 13, 2021 / 8:46 AM EDT

A health worker prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech at the Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. On Thursday, January 21, 2021. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

– The Department of Health and Illinois Department of Health stand ready to begin vaccinating adolescents ages 12-15.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday recommended the use of the Pfizer vaccine for this new age group after the FDA expanded approval for emergency use of the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one of the three COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in people under the age of 18.

In Indiana, registration for the new age group opened on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. on the vaccination website.

“The Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 and has been well tolerated by adolescents participating in clinical trials,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “This vaccine is the next step in normalization for children who have missed so much over the past year, including school and extracurricular activities. Those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to be quarantined if they are in close contact with a positive case unless they develop symptoms of COVID. This is welcome for children and parents. “

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To find a vaccination clinic that offers Pfizer vaccine in Indiana, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and look for a website that lists Pfizer as an option, or call 211 if you don’t have one Have access to a computer or need help. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are allowed.

In Illinois, COVID-19 vaccinations are available for people 12 years of age and older at state-sponsored mass vaccination and mobile clinics, health departments, pharmacies, state-qualified health centers, and other vendors offering the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

The Illinois Department of Health is working to add pediatricians to the state vaccination registry so they can give their patients the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, schools can work with the local health department or pharmacy to set up vaccination clinics for students.

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Individuals should check with their local health department or health care provider to see if a parent or legal guardian is required for a person under 18 to receive the vaccine, or if some other form of written consent is required.

An adult must accompany a child between the ages of 12 and 15 to the appointment. Parents’ consent is required for minors.

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