WOLCOTT, CT (WFSB) – In anticipation that the FDA will approve a Pfizer vaccine for teenagers next week, a local school is setting up a vaccine clinic for people 12 and older.
On Thursday, the Wolcott Public School district announced it would organize a Pfizer vaccine clinic in conjunction with the Chesprocott Health District on Sunday, May 16.
This clinic, for students from 12 years old, will be held at Wolcott High School gym.
The Department of Public Health has ordered local health districts to prepare for the FDA to approve the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents, so the Chesprocott Health director said they wanted to be prepared.
“It was a very stressful situation and these kids wanted to get back to normal,” said Maura Esposito, Chesprocott’s director of health.
The district said parents should consult a doctor before vaccinating yourself or your child.
School officials are also asking people who want children (12 and older) to be vaccinated to complete a survey that can be found by clicking here.
“The CDC has determined that children and adults who are fully vaccinated do not need quarantine if they come in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. I recommend that everyone be vaccinated where they should be vaccinated. Medical advice As we enter the next school year, there is a possibility that the classroom level quarantine will continue as needed. If your children are fully vaccinated, they will have a much smoother school experience in 2021-2022, ”said Tony Gasper, Walcott School Director.
The FDA expects to get the OK Pfizer vaccine for teenagers within a week.
The FDA expects to authorize Pfizer’s novel coronavirus vaccine for people ages 12 to 15 by next week.
Chesprocott recently vaccinated for older adolescents, Esposito said, because their clinic came later, many people went to other health districts to get vaccinated. She hopes to have the same interest for the younger group.
“Our clinic last week had more than 200, so we did well. But we see demand is slowing down, ”Esposito said.
Fifty percent of Connecticut adults are fully vaccinated and the demand is slowing down, but Esposito said that in addition to herd immunity, she wants children to live normal lives again.
“These kids also go on excursions and rest, and just go out and play with the other kids, that’s good mental health for these kids, that’s what we want to give back to them,” Esposito said.
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