MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — USA Health announced Thursday morning they are now providing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to those 12 and up.
WKRG News 5 spoke with a Family Nurse Practitioner with USA Health about the changes. Margaret Kappel said, “We definitely have had quite the interest in having our 12 and up patients wanting to get vaccinated from our parents, and we have had quite a few today, this afternoon, to get vaccinated, and we’re super excited for those patients that have been here already.”
When a WKRG News 5 reporter asked Kappel if she would be vaccinating her children when they’re old enough, she said, “Absolutely.”
From March 1st 2020, to April 30th of 2021, the CDC reports 1.5 COVID-19 cases in people between 11 and 17 years old.
Kappel said, “We know that our children have been affected mentally and emotionally through this pandemic time, and so that will help us to have them back in school in person and we’ll have more social activities that they can attend, and sports that they’re eager to get back to.”
This announcement comes just hours after Governor Kay Ivey announced Alabama would be expanding Pfizer vaccination eligibility to include everyone age 12 and up.
Kappel said vaccinating the new age group will be the exact same as it is for anyone 16 and older. The shot is administered in two doses. Kappel said, “So they’re gonna wait three weeks to get their next vaccination after their first.” It’s the same dosage and dosing regimen as it is for people ages 16 and older.
Kappel said kids could feel the same side effects as adults. She said, “Fatigue, they might have a headache, might have some soreness in their arm afterwards, and we’re just recommending that they check with their pediatricians and ask the questions that they’re concerned about before they come see us.”
USA Health will be providing the vaccines at the Mobile Civic Center. You can make an appointment here.