LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday, the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) will hold its first vaccination clinic in Lexington following federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents, which means kids ages 12 to 15 are welcome to attend and be vaccinated.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer the Pfizer vaccine to our adolescents aged 12-15,” said CSHD Health District Director Dr. Laura Kornegay in a statement on Friday, May 14. “Getting your adolescent vaccinated will not only protect the health of your child and family but it can also bring them one step closer to enjoying the activities they have missed during the pandemic.”
In our area, the CSHD plans to host several vaccine clinics at College Square, the old Peebles/Gordmans, at 770 North Lee Highway in Lexington over the next few weeks.
The health district says children ages 12 to 15 are welcome to attend any of the following clinics to receive a vaccine, but parents/guardians must accompany the children:
- 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18
- 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25
- 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1
Even though links to schedule appointments for the clinics are provided above, health officials say walk-ins are welcome as supply allows.
For other COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations, either go to vaccinate.virginia.gov and search for locations offering Pfizer-BioNTech or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).
If you are a parent or guardian with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, you are encouraged to talk with your child’s primary care provider.
Health officials say the administration of the vaccine in adolescents will be in two doses, separated by 21 days. Adolescents will then be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second dose.
In this age group, the CSHD says side effects included fatigue, fever, muscle aches, and pain or redness in the arm where the vaccine is given.
Since the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only one approved for those under the age of 18, parents and guardians are encouraged to make sure that vaccine is available before scheduling an appointment or attending a walk-in clinic.