Washington children 12-15 cleared for Pfizer vaccine

Washington children 12-15 cleared for Pfizer vaccine
Richard Drew

After a review from a group of nationally-acclaimed scientists from the Western United States, Washington children ages 12+ are now approved for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed a review of federal guidelines regarding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on children ages 12-15.

Workgroup Chairman Arthur Reingold, MD, sent a memo to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State on Wednesday night. This confirmation reaffirmed the stance taken by the FDA and CDC, clearing younger people to be vaccinated from COVID-19.

These studies were confirmed by 17 separate scientists, including two representing Washington state: John Dunn, MD, MPH, (Kaiser Permanente Washington) and Edgar K. Marcuse, MD, MPH (University of Washington School of Medicine).

Governor Jay Inslee released the following remarks on this development:

“We are very pleased that teens can now be vaccinated. We have seen an increase in cases among this age group, and we can now make sure they are protected with the vaccine,” Gov. Inslee said. “This will further help us bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Scientists believe that vaccinating anyone age 12+ will be a catalyst in protecting those who are already vaccinated and controlling the spread of the coronavirus amongst communities nationwide.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown offered the following statement regarding the workgroup’s findings:

“This is great news for Oregon children, parents, and families. Vaccination is the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones. With today’s review by leading doctors, pediatricians, and health experts, young Oregonians and parents can be confident in the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youth,” Gov. Brown said. “It is completely normal for parents and kids to have questions about vaccines––I urge you to reach out to your family doctor or pharmacist and get your questions answered today.”

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