Vaccinate children ages 12 to 15 from Washtenaw County

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Children 12 years old and older in Washtenaw County can begin vaccinating on Friday, May 14.

Parents can register their children on one of the many appointments available here, or plan to visit a clinic that offers a limited number of vaccines.

The Washtenaw County Health Department has scheduled vaccination clinics on its website through May 27. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can get the Pfizer two-dose vaccine at any of the upcoming county clinics.

Several local vendors, including pharmacies, also offer COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The health department regularly updates a list of local vaccination centers on its website.

In addition to the various clinics in schools and communities, the Department of Health’s ongoing clinic at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road in Ypsilanti, also offers Pfizer doses for children ages 12-15.

Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are not yet approved for use in anyone under the age of 18.

A parent or legal guardian must be present to vaccinate minors. The health department asks a legal guardian or parent to bring ID, but this is not required.

The health department also recommends that people eat about an hour before their appointment and stay hydrated with water or non-caffeinated beverages.

For months, health officials have said vaccinating children is an important part of efforts to resume face-to-face meetings without taking further precautions.

Approval for use by 12 to 15 year olds is evidence of vaccines’ effectiveness, said Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, a spokeswoman for the Washtenaw Department of Health. If more people are vaccinated, things will go back to normal, she said.

“It’s not just a theory that we hope it works, we see it work,” she said. “It’s a virus, it’s going to find people who are vulnerable because it’s so contagious. It is really unlikely to affect people who are vaccinated. “

The Federal Drug and Food Administration’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine for use by 12 to 15 year olds is evidence of the vaccines’ effectiveness, Ringler-Cerniglia said.

While the Michigan state’s mask mandate continues, vaccinated individuals have been given guidance not to wear masks outdoors.

“These people, who are fully vaccinated, can resume normal activities and not necessarily have to wear a mask in every indoor and outdoor setting,” she said.

On Thursday, May 13th, the Centers for Disease Control will recommend that people fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus be allowed to be mask-free in most indoor spaces

CDC, which advertises vaccinated people, should, in most cases, be able to gather indoors without masks

Free transportation helps people get to vaccination sites. Door-to-door transportation to COVID-19 vaccination clinics is also available to anyone of any age in Washtenaw County as part of the AARP Ride @ 50+ program.

The free rides were made possible through a grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, officials said.

Ann Arbor’s public transportation system, TheRide, offers a free shuttle service to the Convocation Center Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone who needs help registering for an appointment or wants more information about the vaccine can contact the health department at 734-544-6700.

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