Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine approved for 12 to 15-year-olds, local youth can soon get a shot

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — With the seal of approval from federal agencies, Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine can now be given to kids 12 to 15 years old.

As far as how soon that could happen for local youth, Humboldt County Public Health is planning first dose Pfizer mass vaccination clinics for next week. Shots could be available even sooner through local pharmacies or other providers.

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“That is also dependent on if the other pharmacies and other locations that could have Pfizer are holding clinics,” according to Covid-19 vaccine task force member Lindsey Mendez.

Public health officials continue to emphasize the importance of vaccinating as many community members as possible, children included, to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“It’s more people who can get vaccinated, so it’s going to decrease the potential pool of people who can get infected and that’s one step closer to being done with all this,” according to Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman.

For parents that still may be on the fence about vaccinating their own kids, Mendez has this advice.

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“I can’t encourage it enough to talk to a pediatrician or talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner who works in primary care who you know very well and who you trust,” Mendez says.

Mendez says another good resource for parents is the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s website.