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Posted on: May 13, 2021

ACIP, DHSS authorize Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15; vaccination opportunities available

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and community partners are providing opportunities for individuals 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15. This followed the decision from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that the Pfizer vaccine be made available to individuals in this age group. 

Opportunities are available in the coming days for individuals 12 and older to receive the Pfizer vaccine:

  • Friday, May 14: Jordan Valley Community Health Center Vaccination Clinic (1720 W. Grand St.) from 8-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 15: Farmers Market of the Ozarks (2144 E. Republic Rd.) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
  • Sunday, May 16: The Venues (2616 E. Battlefield Rd.) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 18: Jordan Valley Community Health Center Vaccination Clinic (1720 W. Grand St.) from 8-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19: Jordan Valley Community Health Center Vaccination Clinic (1720 W. Grand St.) from 8-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 22: Robberson Elementary (1100 E. Kearney St) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

While walk-ins are always welcome, individuals may register for clinics in advance by visiting vaccine417.com. Individuals who pre-register should bring their ID and Vaccine Navigator patient identification number with them to the event.

A complete list of additional vaccine opportunities, including clinics held by our healthcare partners, can be found at vaccine417.com

School-based vaccination clinics

The Health Department, Jordan Valley Community Health Center and Springfield Public Schools are planning on-site vaccination events at all Springfield middle and high schools to ensure all students have access to vaccine if they choose to receive it. 

“We are excited by this new opportunity to get more students vaccinated while they are still in school,” said Jean Grabeel, Director of Health Services at SPS. “We understand increasing vaccination rates is a vital part of achieving our community’s goal of sufficient levels of immunity which will result in curbing the pandemic and returning to new normal. We are grateful to the SGCHD and Jordan Valley for partnering with us to provide swift access to the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Additional information on clinic locations, dates and times will be announced to parents and students by the district. Parents of SPS students will be required to complete a consent form before their child receives vaccine. 

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for use in individuals 12 and older. The two other COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are currently authorized for individuals 18 and older. 

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].       

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at health[email protected].              

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