MDHHS Recommending Vaccine Providers Vaccinate Michiganders Aged 12 to 15
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that vaccine providers begin vaccinating children ages twelve to fifteen after a CDC Advisory Committee voted to support on the recommendation Wednesday.
“It’s great news to have a safe and effective vaccine available to protect younger Michiganders as we work to eliminate COVID-19 once and for all,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We are incredibly proud of that Pfizer vaccine, which is now approved to protect our children, is manufactured right here in Michigan.”
Governor Whitmer continued to say that she encourages parents with children between twelve and fifteen to have a conversation with doctors about the vaccine as soon as possible.
The MDHHS will be issuing guidance to vaccine providers Thursday on the use of the Pfizer vaccine in Michiganders aged twelve to fifteen. They say the guidance follows authorization of vaccine use for children ages twelve to fifteen from the Food and Drug Administration.
Additionally, they state that vaccine providers can begin vaccinating children in this age group as soon as Thursday.
‘Having a vaccine authorized for a younger population is a critical step in the fight against COVID-19 in Michigan,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health. “This allows for younger Michiganders to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.”
Dr. Khaldun continued to say that she urges families to make appointments for their teens as soon as possible.
The MDHHS says minors aged twelve to seventeen will need a parent or guardian to provide written permission before receiving the coronavirus vaccine. They also recommend that teens are well hydrated and have eaten before getting their dose of the vaccine.
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