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Kids 12-15 years old now eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Washington. Here’s what you need to know and how to get your kids vaccinated.

It’s official! Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 12-15 years old in Washington state. That’s great news for Pierce County families in our battle to end the pandemic and keep all our kids healthy and safe!

Our state’s support of the emergency use authorization follows the Food and Drug Administration announcement Monday, May 10, to do the same, as well as approval from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. 

You can now register anyone 12 or older for Pfizer vaccine appointments at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture or just come down to one of our clinics that lists Pfizer as the vaccine. No appointment is necessary. Parents can either accompany children under 18 or send them with this completed consent form.

Safe and effective.

This is a big step forward to protect all children and families in Pierce County!

From March of last year through the end of April, about 1.5 million COVID-19 cases in U.S. children 11 to 17 years old were reported to the CDC. Children and adolescents generally have milder reactions to the disease than adults, but some cases are severe. Kids can also infect others, even if they are asymptomatic. 

The long-lasting effects of the virus are also still not entirely known. CDC and experts around the world are working to learn more about short- and long-term health effects associated with the disease. 

In the clinical trial, the Pfizer vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 in 12-15-year-old participants. The trial also found  vaccinated participants had high levels of antibodies in their blood.

“Parents and guardians can rest assured  the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “As we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations.”

Questions and answers.

The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to children 12-15 years old the same way it is to people 16 and older. Two shots of vaccine, three weeks apart. It will also be available at the same clinics.

An additional update from CDC allows people to get COVID-19 vaccine on the same day as any other vaccines.

The most commonly reported side effects in the clinical trial were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain. These were reported more often with the second dose than the first. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. You can quickly tell CDC if you have side effects.

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is the best way to protect all of us from spreading the virus. It also could help our schools stay on track to fully reopen in the fall.

We’ve been working closely with school districts and our partners to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics for schools in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for more details soon!

More ways to get vaccinated.

It is easier than ever to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Find open spots at several clinics around Pierce County. You can register for your vaccine at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture or come to any of the clinics listed and get your vaccine. No appointment is necessary.

You can walk-up or drive-thru at clinics around the county. Some even feature evening and weekend hours to make it more convenient if you work during the day.

If you need any help finding vaccine, sign up online for our COVID-19 Vaccine Help List. Or just call us at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week!

We can help anyone 12 years or older find the right vaccine.

We can help you find:

  • Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • First and second doses.
  • Appointments at healthcare facilities, pharmacies and vaccine events.
  • Walk-up and drive-thru events.
  • Help with transportation to appointments and events.
  • Mobility assistance and language support at appointments and events.
  • In-home vaccine for people who can’t easily leave home.

It’s also important to continue to take all the steps possible to prevent the spread of COVID:

Learn more at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture.

A nurse draws vaccine from a vial into a syringe.