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Riverside to Begin Administering Vaccines to 12-15-year-olds

Riverside Health System will begin administering Pfizer vaccines to patients ages 12-15 starting Monday, May 17. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Unsplash)

NEWPORT NEWS — Riverside Health System has begun scheduling adolescent patients ages 12-15 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

On Monday, May 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVD-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use with this age group.

In response to this news, Riverside has announced that appointments are now being offered to administer the vaccine to adolescents.

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“In anticipation of the CDC vaccination advisory committee endorsing the FDA’s approval of extending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to adolescents aged 12-15, Riverside has begun scheduling patients in this age group for COVID vaccination, with appointments starting Monday, May 17,” Riverside released in a statement to WYDaily.

Riverside also states that these patients will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when receiving their vaccines.

Vaccination appointments can be made by calling 757-534-5050.

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