A review by the Western State Scientific Safety Review Group concluded Wednesday night that Pfizer’s vaccine is safe for children ages 12-15.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Children 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon and Washington, health officials announced Wednesday night.
The Western State Scientific Safety Review Group examined federal procedures for authorizing vaccines for children 12-15 and concluded that the vaccine was safe and effective for that age group. The work group represents Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada.
Children ages 12-15 can begin vaccination at Oregon Convention Center’s bulk vaccination facility in Portland on Thursday.Those 12-14 must be with a parent or legal guardian. If someone other than the parent or guardian is accompanied, they must provide evidence of parental / guardian consent.
“This is great news for children, parents and families in Oregon,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a post-announcement statement. “Vaccination is the best tool we have to protect ourselves. Based on today’s review by leading doctors, pediatricians and Oregon youth health professionals and parents, the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine can be assured. Pfizer-BioNTech for youth “
“It is very common for parents and children to have questions about vaccines – I ask you to contact your family doctor or pharmacist and get an answer today,” she adds.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said: “We are delighted that teenagers are now vaccinated. We have found that there are an increasing number of cases in this age group and we can now make sure they are vaccinated. This will help us end the spread of COVID-19 even more. ”
The announcement comes just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accepted Pfizer vaccine certification for children 12 and older from a U.S. health advisor.
On Tuesday, Oregon government Kate Brown announced her vaccination targets to fully re-energize the state’s economy. Brown was targeting 70% of Oregon residents aged 16 and over who received their first dose of the vaccine before removing most of the state restrictions.
Vaccinations for children 15 years and older do not count towards the 70% target.
Before the statewide restrictions were lifted, counties with at least 65% of their residents were vaccinated and submitted to a fairness plan could move to the lowest level of risk.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer’s emergency vaccine for people aged 16 and over last December. Since then, more than 1,850,000 Pfizer doses have been vaccinated in Oregon alone.
The FDA said the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks of COVID-19, said Dr. Jennifer Wines, a health officer for the Portland Tri-County District, said it is important for parents to consider when deciding whether to vaccinate. Child or not
The CDC said the side effects of Pfizer vaccine were usually mild to moderate. This includes arm pain, swelling, and especially after the second dose, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.