Last Updated: May 13, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adopted its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be endorsed as safe and effective for adolescents ages 12-15. This follows the May 10, 2021, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to authorize emergency use of this vaccine in this age group.
Check out the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s updated COVID-19 vaccine FAQs.
The Pa. Department of Health (DOH) encouraged all COVID-19 vaccine providers to start vaccinating anyone age 12 and over with the Pfizer vaccine as recommended by the FDA and CDC.
“Hundreds of vaccine providers in Pennsylvania already have Pfizer vaccine on hand and are ready to safely and efficiently vaccinate people in this age group,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said in a DOH press release, noting that the state’s vaccine provider network is expanding each week.
The CDC also said that the Pfizer vaccine could be co-administered with other routine vaccinations. The American Academy of Pediatrics also supports this statement.
In its press release, DOH also reminded providers that, in Pennsylvania, immunizations, like other general medical services, require consent. As such, DOH recommends that vaccine providers follow their current policy for vaccinations of minors.
More information can be found on the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens webpage.
CDC Webinar: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents
Friday, May 14, 2021,
2 – 3 p.m.
Click here to learn more and get the webinar link