Johnson County will start vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds on Thursday

Posted at 10:22 AM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 21:58:44-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnson County, Kansas, health officials said COVID-19 vaccinations will be given to 12 to 15-year-olds beginning Thursday, May 13.

On Monday, the FDA gave emergency use authorization for the use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in that age range.

The health department wants all children 12 and older to get the vaccine, according to a health department news release.

The hours for vaccinations include evening, weekend and walk-in spots for the shots.

Those 15 and younger getting a shot must be accompanied by an adult, according to the news release.

The health department said that a parent or guardian is preferred, but a non-parent adult can be there when the vaccine is given.

A signed parental consent form can be found online.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to those who are age 12 and above,” Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director said. “The vaccine is safe and effective and will help us keep our children healthy and our schools open.”

Health officials said they are looking at alternative ways to get vaccines into the community. They are looking into offering at events going on throughout the county, and encourage businesses to fill out a form on their website if they would like vaccines offered at an event they are hosting.