Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for children aged 12 to 15 on Monday. This lowers the current youngest age from 16 to 12. Alaskan children will likely be able to get theirs as soon as Wednesday.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is also reviewing the data and is expected to announce their decision Wednesday afternoon, said Alaska's chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, in a media availability on Monday. "And the CDC will weigh in on whether they agree with the ACIP recommendation," she said.
After this, children in Alaska 12 and over will be cleared to get a Pfizer vaccine.
In anticipation of this announcement, the City and Borough of Juneau and local health professionals are offering vaccination clinics for 12- to 18-year-olds this week and next.
Families can sign up online with the links above or through 586-6000, but must register by this Wednesday
Contact Kristen Bartlett at 523-1707 or email@example.com for more information, or go to juneauschools.org.