The Montgomery County Office of Public Health announced that teens aged 12-15 can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at its county-run vaccine clinics. Anyone under the age of 18 attending one of these clinics must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
According to the Lower Merion website, Montgomery County is currently administering Pfizer vaccine for those aged 12 and older and the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine for those aged 18 and older. The J&J vaccine has not been authorized for those under the age of 18. Anyone under the age of 18 who registers for or walks up to a clinic only offering J&J will be turned away.
To make a vaccine appointment, residents can visit http://vaccine.montcopa.org/. Appointments are recommended but not required. Walk-ups are accepted at any clinic. A full list of County-run clinics with locations and hours can be found at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19Vaccine. Clinics are open Monday through Friday with varying evening and weekend hours.
As reported by 6abc, more people will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine following the FDA’s approval for emergency use of the Pfizer shot on teen ages 12 to 15.
A federal vaccine advisory committee is expected to issue recommendations on Wednesday for using the two-dose vaccine.
Teens waiting for their doses
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says the city will be ready. “If the advisory tomorrow allows the vaccine to be used at age 12, any child over the age of twelve can get Pfizer vaccine,” he said.
Plans for an expanded vaccine clinic are in the works at the Mathematics Civics & Sciences Charter School in Philadelphia.
In the United States, only about 30% of parents are eager to have their children vaccinated. Medical professionals are working to educate their patients.