State sites begin vaccinating Sedona.Biz when they are 12-15 years old

Walk-ins are welcome in seven state locations in the Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff areas

Arizona Department of Health ServicesPhoenix az (May 13, 2021) – Arizona-operated vaccination centers in the Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff area, as well as many pharmacies and other vendors across the state, are offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 12-15 years old on Thursday , May 13th. This exciting step forward follows today’s approval from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is great news for families across Arizona,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health (ADHD). “We hope that adults in the family will not only encourage parents and guardians to protect 12-15 year olds from COVID-19, but also roll up their sleeves if they haven’t already.”

Arizona has nearly 400,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15. To date, 3,076,913 people have been given 5,408,077 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, of whom 2,534,272 are now fully vaccinated.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12-15 on Monday, following today’s CDC recommendation. The approval only applies to the Pfizer vaccine, which is available for ages 16 and over. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for use by people aged 18 and over.

From Thursday morning, parents and legal guardians can take the 12 to 15-year-olds to state vaccination centers as walk-ins or make an appointment at podvaccine.azdhs.gov. Many pharmacies and other Pfizer vendors are also planning to start vaccinating this age group on Thursday. With the ADHD vaccine finder available at azdhs.gov/FindVaccine, visitors can filter locations by vaccine type.

ADHD coordinates with rural counties that previously only received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to allow 12-15 year olds to be vaccinated.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child and personally sign a consent form that includes a certificate that the child is at least 12 years old. No ID is required for the child. The place of permanent residence does not matter whether someone can be vaccinated in a state location.

Parents and guardians can also register children 12-15 years of age for vaccination starting Thursday by visiting podvaccine.azdhs.gov or calling 844-542-8201 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to get in touch who can help in English or Spanish. Government websites do not require appointments, but they are a way to shorten the length of a visit because registration is done in advance.

COVID-19 continues to infect, hospitalize, and cause deaths in Arizona residents, although case numbers, percent positivity, intensive care unit use, and hospital bed use have been relatively stable since March. Today ADHD added 469 cases and two deaths to its COVID-19 data dashboard.

Many locations across Arizona now offer COVID-19 vaccines, including pharmacies in grocery stores and individual pharmacies. Doctors’ offices and other health care providers in the neighborhood can order vaccines directly from the CDC.

“These safe, highly effective, and free vaccines have never been easier to get,” said Dr. Christian. “The sooner we can vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19, the better we can protect people of all ages from this unpredictable virus.”

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccinations, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID19Vaccines.

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