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Vaccination now available to youth 5 - 11

Last week the FDA authorized the emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5 - 11 following the recommendation by the CDC in the week prior. Until now, vaccinations had only been approved for children and adults 12-years of age and older.

Vaccination has been proven to effectively prevent serious illness in those exposed to COVID-19. Public health officials recommend anyone 5 and older be vaccinated to help limit the spread and likelihood of complications associated with COVID-19.

Under the expanded authorization, children ages 5 – 11 will receive one-third of the adult dose of the Pfizer vaccine, using smaller needles designed for children. Like adults, children will need to receive a second dose three weeks after their first shot to be considered fully immunized. Anyone under the age of 15 will be required to have their parent or guardians permission to receive the vaccination. 

While students are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend school, public health guidelines do not require vaccinated individuals to quarantine for 14-days, after exposure unless they have active symptoms.

To provide easy access to interested students and families Lane County Public Health, and the Arc of Lane County will hold vaccination clinics in Springfield beginning Friday, November 12.

For additional information, or to schedule a vaccination appointment visit:

Lane County Public Health

The Arc of Lane County

Thurston High School

Springfield High School