WOLCOTT, CT (WFSB) – Pending the FDA will approve the Pfizer vaccine for teens next week, a local school district is already setting up a vaccine clinic for those over 12 years old.
On Thursday, the Wolcott State School district announced it would hold a Pfizer vaccine clinic, in conjunction with the Chesprocott health district, on Sunday (May 16th).
This clinic will be for all students aged 12 and over. It will be held at Walcott High School.
The Ministry of Public Health has instructed local health districts to prepare for the FDA to approve the Pfizer vaccine for young teenagers, so the director of Chesprokot Health said they wanted them ready.
“It’s a very stressful event and these kids just want to get back to normal,” said Maura Esposito, Chesprokot’s health director.
The district said parents should consult their doctors before taking any vaccine for themselves or their child.
School staff also ask those who want their child (12 years and older) to be vaccinated to fill out a questionnaire, which you can find by clicking here.
“The CDC has found that fully vaccinated children and adults do not need quarantine if they come into close contact with a positive case of COVID-19. I encourage everyone to be vaccinated, for which it is medically recommended. With the onset of the next school year, quarantines at the class level may continue if necessary. If your child is fully vaccinated, he or she will have a much smoother school experience in 2021-2022, ”said Walcott School Principal Tony Gasper.
The FDA expects to approve the Pfizer vaccine for teens within a week
The FDA is expected to approve Pfizer’s Cvid-19 vaccine for those between the ages of 12 and 15 by next week, according to a federal official.
Chesprocot recently vaccinated older teenagers. Esposito says that because their clinics came later, many of them went to other health neighborhoods to get vaccinated. He hopes there will be the same interest in the younger group.
“There were over 200 of our clinics last week, so we’re doing well, but we see that demand is slowing down,” Esposito said.
Fifty percent of adults in Connecticut are fully vaccinated and demand is slowing, but Esposito says that in addition to achieving herd immunity, she wants children to live a normal life again.
“These kids also go on trips and vacations and just go out and play with other kids. It’s good mental health for these kids, so we want to give that back to them,” Esposito said.
Copyright 2021 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.