Anticipation builds for vaccine eligibility for young teens

UW Medicine hope to soon be administering COVID-19 vaccinations to children 12- to 15-years old, said Cynthia Dold, the healthcare system's associate vice president of clinical operations.  

"We're expecting approval from the federal government any day now," she said. "I'm hearing a ton of buzz (about this) with employees and other parents in the community about getting their children in."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize emergency use of Pfizer's vaccine this week for young teens.

Once approval is granted, interested parents and guardians will be able to schedule appointments online or by calling UW Medicine's Contact Center (206.520.5000), or by simply visiting one of the vaccine clinics on a walk-in basis, Dold said. 

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