COVID-19 vaccine for kids OK'd

Children between the ages of 12-15 could soon be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 after an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control gave it their blessing on Wednesday.


Politico reported earlier in the day that a CDC advisory panel voted 14-0 with one recusal in favor of making the Pfizer vaccine available to more people. The Food and Drug Administration gave the Pfizer vaccine its approval for kids under Emergency Use Authorization on Monday. The CDC also said it could be given at the same time as other vaccinations that may have been missed previously.


Speaking about vaccines last week with, Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise says the 100 percent efficacy for the Pfizer vaccine with kids is partly because kids are less likely to get symptomatically sick from COVID-19. He still encourages everyone who is willing and can get vaccinated to do so.

The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have not been cleared yet for youth. Door County Public Health is among the local providers of the Pfizer vaccine, though no specific announcements of its distribution to minors have been made as of Wednesday afternoon. Parents must give their kids their consent before they get vaccinated.


UPDATE: Door County Medical Center announced Wednesday evening that it would be offering a walk-in clinic at its pediatric center. Details are below from a Facebook post:


n anticipation of the State of Wisconsin's approval of administration of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to individuals age 12-17 years old by the end of the week, Door County Medical Center is planning a walk-in vaccination clinic in the pediatric department. The first two days of the clinic will be held on May 19th and 20th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please enter through the main clinic entrance.



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