COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KRDO): All providers who administer the Pfizer vaccine can now vaccinate Coloradans from the age of 12, according to the latest guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Despite a recent decline in cases and statewide hospitalizations, health officials said Thursday, the highest rates remain among 11- to 17-year-olds.
“Our highest rates continue to be among high school and high school students,” said epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy.
In El Paso County, at least 41 of the 113 active outbreaks reported by the county health department are in K-12 schools.
One of the reasons health officials have focused more of their efforts on community-based vaccination efforts.
“They have prepared for the potential approval of the vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 and, as a result, today they have been able to start administering the vaccine to children aged 12 to 15,” said the group’s deputy director. of vaccine work. , Said Kate McIntire.
According to the Colorado Vaccine Working Group, vendors have been preparing for the launch of the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 years for a while.
“We wanted to make sure we were prepared for the communities we serve, so that those people who want to vaccinate their children, have a chance on the first day,” said Nikki Price, Safeway’s pharmacy director.
Most providers and community vaccination sites already offer vaccines for this newly eligible age group, including Safeway, which is making inquiries with parental consent.
“We’ve received a lot of feedback,” Price said. “We’re also partnering with some school districts. We got several calls to our stores to see if we had the Pfizer vaccine.”
They also offer parents and children the option of co-administering the vaccine with others who may be needed for the next school year, following the CDC’s new guidance.
“So if there were, let’s say your 12-year-old also needed his tetanus,” Price said, “For example, because it’s usually just around that time period, depending on the ‘age or when they had the tetanus. could get it at the same time. “
For a list of providers that currently offer the Pfizer vaccine for people ages 12 to 15, visit the El Paso County Department of Health website or the Pueblo County Department of Health website.