Jacksonville, Fla. — As of this week, Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine is now authorized for use in children as young as 12.
The authorization by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) expands the pool of eligible recipients to roughly 87% of the total U.S. population.
Pfizer is the first vaccine to gain authorization for younger Americans after it demonstrated in a March clinical trial that it was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 in study participants who were ages 12 to 15 .
“CDC now recommends that this vaccine be used among this population, and providers may begin vaccinating them right away,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
Currently, both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for people over the age of 18, so those younger must go to a site that provides Pfizer shots.
Here is an up-to-date list of Jacksonville-area locations now offering the Pfizer vaccine to kids 12 and up:
Walgreens said a parent or legal guardian must complete registration for minors under the age of 13.
A parent or guardian must be present at appointments.
CVS says the Pfizer vaccine is now being offered in select CVS stores.
Walmart and Sam’s Club
Walmart pharmacies nationwide will start vaccinating adolescents with the authorized Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine beginning Thursday, May 13.
State-Supported Vaccination Sites:
9501 Arlington Expressway
Open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Walk-ups welcome. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 200-3762 or visit https://myvaccine.fl.gov/.
Under 18? You’ll probably need a consent form. You can find that here.
Find a COVID-19 Vaccine for Your Child:
- Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available.
- Check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they will offer COVID-19 vaccination.
- Contact your state or local health department for more information.
To find a COVID-19 Vaccine: Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
Additional information: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
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