SWEETWATER COUNTY — Sweetwater County Public Health announced today it is ready to start administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to residents 12 and older.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday in a press release that the Pfizer vaccine has now been approved for children 12 through 15.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended and endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12 to 15-year-old adolescents, the CDC stated.
“CDC now recommends that this vaccine be used among this population, and providers may begin vaccinating them right away,” the agency’s press release states. “Though most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, some children can get severely ill and require hospitalization. There have also been rare, tragic cases of children dying from COVID-19 and its effects, including multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.”
The decision from the CDC came after the Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization to include adolescents 12 to 15 years of age for the Pfizer vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 on Monday.
Sweetwater County Public Health is now scheduling appointments for the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older. Residents who are interested can schedule an appointment online at www.wyoapptportal.org/ or by calling (307) 922-5390.
Public health is taking walk-ins throughout May for the COVID-19 vaccine from noon – 4:45 pm.