May 13, 2021
Pfizer COVID19 Vaccine Approved for Kids Ages 12 and Older
Park County, Colo. – Park County Public Health Mobile Vaccine Bus will offer the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine to adolescents ages 12 and up, effective immediately. Parents and guardians can visit the Vaccine Resources website to register for an appointment at one of our three locations across the county. Appointments encouraged but walk-ins also accepted.
This decision comes after the FDA recommended the use of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine for children ages 12 -15 on Monday and was affirmed by the CDC yesterday. Park County’s Mobile Vaccine Bus offers the Pfizer vaccine and is now accepting appointments for anyone ages 12 and older.
“We know that adolescents 12 years of age and older are at risk of severe illness from COVID19 and can contribute to transmission of within their families. Having highly effective vaccine available to protect this age group will help them return to normal activities this summer and contribute to community immunity,” said Lynn Ramey, Director of Park County Public Health.
In a clinical trial, the Pfizer vaccine was shown to be safe and effective among people ages 12-15. The trial included 2,260 children ages 12-15 years old in the U.S., about half of whom got Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. There were 18 cases of COVID-19 in the placebo (unvaccinated) group and none in the vaccinated group. The vaccine showed 100% efficacy in this trial. Side effects were about the same as those seen in people age 16 and older.
The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines continue to be available only to adults 18 years of age and older. All vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID19.
Park County Public Health continues to encourage everyone who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Visit our website for locations and registration: https://parkco.us/810/Vaccine-Resources
Pfizer’s amended guidance can be found on the FDA’s website: Emergency Use Authorization.
Continue to stay up to date about Park County’s COVID-19 Response by visiting our website.