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State-run Vaccine Centers to Start Offering Doses to Adolescents

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RICHMOND — On Friday, May 14, Virginia’s state-run Community Vaccination Clinics (CVCs) will begin offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents.

On Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that providers in the Commonwealth could begin administering the vaccine to adolescents, aged 12-15 years old, in keeping with the recent Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and subsequent approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Virginia’s CVCs opened in March and have vaccinated more than 323,000 people. The clinics use a combination of support including the Virginia National Guard, local health districts, Medical Reserve Corps, as well as volunteer organizations.

Adolescents who are scheduled to receive a vaccine through a CVC, must have the consent and accompaniment of a parent, guardian, or another person acting in place of a guardian, in order to receive a vaccine. Additionally, the accompanying adult will be required to verbally confirm the minor’s date of birth. Providers may also ask for additional proof of the minor’s age.

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On the Virginia Peninsula, there are two CVCs:

To schedule an appointment at a CVC or another vaccination site, call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) or visit vaccinate.virginia.gov. As of May 17, the call center’s hours will change to 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.

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