12-15-year-olds can now receive Pfizer COVID vaccine ahead of CT reopening May 19

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech is available to 12 to 15-year-old residents in Connecticut.

The expansion of Connecticut’s vaccine program follows after the decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to recommend the vaccine for this age group.

Related: Connecticut parents scheduling kids ages 12 to 15 for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine clinics are ready to accommodate. Parents can now sign their children up for an appointment or visit clinics that are accepting walk-up patients.

“The vaccine is safe, effective, and saving lives,” Governor Lamont said. “Expanding the vaccination program to this age group is going to be incredibly beneficial in terms of getting our schools back to normal and encouraging safe, summer enrichment activities.”

Individuals between the ages of 12 and 15 can be vaccinated at any clinic that is offering the vaccine, as long as they are accompanied by or have the consent of their parent or legal guardian, according to officials.

There are around 170,000 Connecticut residents in this age range that are now eligible to get the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

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Prior to this recent green light, Pfizer was also the only vaccine available for teens ages 16-17. Some schools have even become vaccine clinics for their eligible students.

Also on Wednesday, Governor Ned Lamont dropped by the Quassy Amusement park, which hosted the night’s prom along with dozens of others in the coming weeks.

Jonathan Law High School celebrated their prom along with the governor. It’s also sort of a pre-prom party a pre-opening celebration for what’s to come on May 19.

“I am here because it has been one hell of a year, and you’re never going to forget this year. You were going to be stronger and better for it. You will make friends in a unique way that you’ll never ever forget,” Gov. Lamont said. “You didn’t have much of a prom last year, and I know what that meant. But we are having a big prom this year. We are making up for lost time. And this is just symbolic. The state is opening up! We are opening up in a big way.”

Most vaccine clinics that carry the Pfizer vaccine will be welcoming people 12 and up, including the Community Health Center, which will be holding mass drive-up clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the following locations:

  • Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave., Danbury, CT 06108
  • Lord & Taylor Parking Lot, 110 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06905
  • Pratt & Whitney Runway, 12 Runway Rd. East Hartford, CT 06118
  • Wesleyan University (Parking lot V), 75 Vine Street, Middletown, CT 06457

To find a COVID vaccine clinic near you for your child, click here.

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