Oregon Health Authority graphic. Yellow background with white paper shows dose 1 today, dose 2 in 3 weeks, then 2 weeks to fully vaccinated. Shooting star with smiley face. Heading back to school? Get vaccinated for COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for those 12 to 17 years of age. Vaccination with Pfizer requires a first shot, followed by a three-week wait for the second shot, then another two weeks before reaching full immunity - a total of five weeks.

If you are preparing to send your child back to the classroom this fall, you may have questions about vaccinating them against COVID-19.

It’s OK to have questions. Reliable sources of information include the CDC the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and OHA’s website (covidvaccine.oregon.gov). For personal questions, your health care provider is your best source for you and your family. They have firsthand knowledge of the vaccine, how it works and what sort of side effects it may have. With most local schools starting over the next 5 weeks, this is a good time to make a plan to vaccinate your child.

The sooner your child is fully immune, the better protected he or she is from catching COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Here are some things to know about vaccinating your child:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents.
  • Your child can’t get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • Your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit or without waiting 14 days between vaccines. This is great time to get kids up-to-date on their routine immunizations.
  • When you decide it’s time to get the vaccine for your child, call the MCHD clinic at 541-889-7279 or find a list of local vaccine providers here.
  • Stop by the Malheur County Fair through Saturday from 2-10 p.m. and receive any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines and a $25 gift card! Vaccine booth in the Commercial Building next to the Red Barn.

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