GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – Valley View is proud to quickly respond and serve our community with a new COVID-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow, May 13, 2021, just for adolescents age 12 to 15 years old. Each minor must be accompanied by an adult.
Today, the Centers for Disease Control’s independent advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP), made its official recommendation that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be used for adolescents age 12 to 15. Per the Colorado Department of Public Health’s this is the final step required for vaccine administrators, such as Valley View, to begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 to this new group. The CDC’s recommendation from medical and public health experts follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (CDA) authorization on Monday.
“We applaud these decisions by the FDA and CDC. Once again, the team at Valley View is leading the community in administering vaccines. Staff, doctors and nurses from across our organization continue to rally to perform this service to benefit our community. I am so grateful for their work and commitment,” said Josh Anderson, Valley View Incident Commander.
Valley View has been closely following all of these reviews and decisions so as to be prepared to offer a clinic for the new group, when approved. As with its previous vaccine clinics hosted at Valley View Hospital, the vaccines will be administered at no charge.
“We can now move forward with protecting a new group of people from COVID-19. While COVID-19 has not been as prevalent in 12- to 15-year-olds, it is still important that we protect these amazing members of our community,” said David Brooks, MD, Valley View Chief Medical Officer and pediatrician with Pediatric Partners. “In addition, by protecting this group with a vaccine, we further interrupt the transmission of the virus in our community overall. This is key for the overall health of our community and continuing to resume work, school and all of the activities that we love,” Brooks added.
Details for the vaccine clinic tomorrow are as follows:
WHO: Coloradans age 12 to 15 years old ONLY
Minors must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) to their appointment. Consent from a parent or guardian is required.
WHAT: 1st dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 3:00 to 4:30pm
WHERE: Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs
To schedule go to https://www.vvh.org/covid-19-updates/covid-19-vaccine
The second dose will be Thursday, June 3, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Minors and an adult must be able to make your second dose appointment as Valley View unfortunately cannot accommodate alternative scheduling.
Minors need consent from a parent or legal guardian. Valley View requires a parent/legal guardian accompany the minor to his/her appointment or send a note authorizing the vaccine.
Additional vaccine clinics specific to 12- to 15-year-olds will be hosted at Valley View Hospital. Those clinics will be announced at www.vvh.org and on the Valley View Facebook page.