The Food and Drug Administration says the Pfizer vaccine is safe for younger teens, offering effective protection. This approval arrives in time before Mesa County Public Health take vaccine clinics to its headquarters.
The decision comes after clinical trials show how this age group can experience nearly the same amount of side effects as adults.
“It was not really painful,” 13-year-old Dakota shares, “You kind of felt a little bit and your arm kind of hurts but it’s not too bad.”
After months of providing vaccines at the convention center, volunteers feel accomplished and motivated to help, no matter where they are.
“We feel a lot of sense of community between us who are working together and also between us and the people who are serving,” Wyeth Watts believes.
“The building might change to the Mesa County Public Health Department after this but, even though the building is different, our goal in our messaging is going to remain the same,” Brock Curry remarks, “We’re just gonna try to continue our region of community and help keep as many people safe as possible.”
The Pfizer vaccine is still the only FDA-approved COVID shot for patients under the age of 18. Even with parental consent needed, multiple individuals of this age group feel old enough to make their own decisions.
“I didn’t really feel peer pressure. It was like a choice that I made on my own,” High School Freshman Hannah shares, “I know that there’s other people that aren’t getting it but I just thought it was the best thing to do.”
The community vaccination site will officially relocate to the Mesa County Public Health building on May 19. Appointments for all ages are encouraged as immediate scheduling is available with next day appointments.