Parents and guardians of children aged 12-15 are waking up today to good news out of Ingham County Health Department: The Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer is now available to that age group, starting today. Covid-19 vaccines continue to be available to people aged 16 and up as well.
The Ingham County Health Department has announced that it “will start vaccinating children ages 12-15 years old with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday [today]. The vaccine was authorized and recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week.”
Vaccination of this age group helps protect people who come into contact with them, including those at much higher risk of illness and death, such as pregnant women.
Sparrow Hospital’s system will also be offering vaccines to age 12 and up. Sparrow announced that one of the first “will go to a special young man, a former Sparrow Miracle Child who has overcome leukemia.”
The people in charge of vaccinations have made it easy to get them. The health department offers vaccinations by appointment (click here to make one) but you can also just walk-in or drive-up with no appointment necessary at the MSU Pavilion, at the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road.
The Pavilion is open for vaccine distribution Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. For minors (ages 12-17), a parent or guardian must be present at the time of vaccination.
“This is a tremendous development in our fight against Covid-19,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Case rates in this age group have been high, and due to sports or school exposures, many children in this age range have had to quarantine. The vaccine will give 12-15 year olds significant protection from Covid-19.”
Sparrow is also offering walk-ins – no appointment necessary. Click here to learn more about how to get a vaccine via Sparrow. You do not have to have been a patient of Sparrow to get a vaccine through them.
ELi recently interviewed a former patient of Sparrow about his experience with the Covid-19 virus and talked with a physician who treats Covid-19 patients. You can read here why they believe vaccines are important for safety.