Vaccination can begin for 12- to 15-year-olds in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority has informed healthcare providers that COVID-19 vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds can begin today. The announcement followed unanimous confirmation on Wednesday by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective for that age group. A Governor’s Office news release is available here.

The OHA has been working with healthcare providers, pharmacies, community-based organizations and school districts to make the Pfizer vaccine readily available for eligible youth throughout the state. Parental consent is required to vaccinate individuals ages 12-14. While youth age 15 and older may consent to medical care, including vaccinations, some providers may still require consent.

In Malheur County, Snake River Pediatrics is currently scheduling Pfizer vaccine appointments for youth ages 12 and older. Call 541-216-6556 for an appointment.

Valley Family Health Care is offering a Pfizer vaccine clinic for Oregon and Idaho residents age 12+ on Friday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed, and recipients may choose walk-in or drive-up vaccination. The clinic will be held at the Highway Worship Center, 100 S. Whitley Dr., in Fruitland, Idaho.

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