LAWRENCE – Anyone 12 and older can now make COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the vaccination site at the Community Health Facility or any other sites around the community, after federal public health officials in May authorized expanding the Pfizer vaccine to that age group. Previously, Pfizer was available or anyone 16 or older.
“It is exciting that the FDA’s analysis of trial data for those 12-15 showed the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19,” said Charlie Bryan, chair of the Vaccination Planning Unit under Douglas County’s Unified Command pandemic response. “As each of the remaining phases open up, it will continue to add to the amount of people in our community who are fully vaccinated. This is a very positive development for protecting our community, particularly in lessening the transmission routes that exist for the virus and protecting more and more people from the risk of serious illness or death.”
Parents or guardians are asked to schedule an appointment for their child, but walk-ins are welcome.
Visit LDCHealth.org/COVIDVaccine or douglascountyks.org/coronavirus to find a code to register for a vaccine appointment. The consent form for parents and guardians is also available at LDCHealth.org/COVIDVaccine. Parents or guardians can also accompany a child to the appointment to provide consent, or vaccination staff will call parents to obtain consent over the phone.
In addition to the clinics at the Community Health FAcility, parents and guardians can check with their providers or area pharmacies offering the Pfizer vaccine to see about scheduling an appointment for their 12- to 15-year-old children. This includes Sigler Pharmacy, Orchards Drug Pharmacy, Jayhawk Pharmacy West, Lawrence Family Practice Center and LMH Health providers.
A list of area pharmacies providing the vaccine is available at douglascountyks.org/coronavirus and LDCHealth.org/Coronavirus.