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Wheels turning to vaccinate Upper Valley children over 12 if approval comes through

  • FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 sits on a table at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Many parents and educators are excited over the news that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine soon for youngsters ages 12 to 15. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Staff Report
Published: 5/7/2021 7:48:52 PM
Modified: 5/7/2021 7:48:49 PM

Institutions in the Upper Valley are preparing for the expected federal approval in the coming week of giving COVID-19 vaccinations to children 12 and over.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health said parents and caregivers would have several options for vaccinating children between the ages of 12 and 15, including using state-run sites, health care providers and hospitals, and school clinics. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also is planning to offer the Pfizer vaccine to such children if approval is given, and it could begin serving them as early as Saturday, May 15.

Meanwhile, school officials at SAU 6 sent a survey link and permission form to parents in Claremont and Unity, saying a vaccine clinic for eligible students might be held next Friday at Stevens High School if federal approval comes through.

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