Youth Ages 12-15 Now Eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Published on May 13, 2021

Teen boy gets COVID vaccine at doctor's office

Weld County — The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will now be available to people ages 12-15 in Weld County following an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it expanded the vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to include adolescents. Until now, only people age 16 and older were eligible to receive a Pfizer vaccine.

“Having a vaccine for this group is a critical step to reducing the spread of the virus in schools and our community,” said Mark Lawley, Executive Director of the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

Data from Pfizer’s clinical trials found “the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19” in the adolescent age group, which will follow the same vaccination regimen as those 16 and older — two shots 21 days apart. Teens may experience side effects similar to those reported from adults.

There are several COVID-19 vaccination sites offering the Pfizer vaccine across Weld County. The “Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine” webpage on the Health Department website remains one of the most efficient ways to find and register for a clinic. Several sites also welcome walk-ins.

For more COVID-19 vaccination information, go to the "COVID-19 Vaccines" webpage.