HEALTHY LIVING: Well being Division Working to Vaccinate Younger Folks within the County – The Tribune
The Lawrence County Health Department has been working on giving COVID-19 to teenagers in the county for a little over a month.
“We started right after it opened,” said Angela Doyle, the department’s nursing director.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the first week of May that eligibility to receive the vaccine would be open to anyone 12 and older.
The governor’s decision follows that of the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control, which also approved vaccination for adolescents.
Vaccinations for COVID-19 began in December 2020 starting with health workers and those over 80, then eligibility gradually decreased over the following months as more vaccines became available.
Doyle spoke at a vaccination clinic set up at Ironton Middle School on June 11th. A similar event had taken place the day before for Symmes Valley Schools.
Doyle said the department has visited all of the school districts in the county and is now in its second round of visits.
The health department also hosted a special clinic for high school students in the offices of the South Point Board of Education, the location of their weekly vaccine clinics, in early May. This event was planned so that students could receive both doses of a vaccine before prom and graduation events.
Doyle said attendance at the events will vary and there is a chance the state will open the vaccine to anyone under the age of 12.
“There are studies out there and they hope to get that through sooner rather than later,” she said, adding that the department is keeping an eye on all updates.
Three vaccines, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson, are available to the general population, but Doyle said that only the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses, is allowed for those under the age of 18.
Doyle said the department will continue to offer vaccines to youth in the county with follow-up events, as well as Wednesdays at their weekly clinic at the South Point site.
For more information, visit the Health Department’s Facebook page or call 740-532-3962.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also called for children ages 12 and older to receive the Pfizer vaccine – and agreed that it is okay to have more than one vaccine at a time, especially for children who are lagging behind with their regular vaccinations .
Children are far less likely to get Covid-19 than adults, but they sometimes die and thousands have been hospitalized. Last month, 12 to 17-year-olds were a little more concerned with the country’s new coronavirus infections than adults over 65, a group that is now largely vaccinated.
Side effects are the same as in adults, mostly sore arms and flu-like fever, chills, or pain that signal that the immune system is revving up.
– The Associated Press contributed to this story