Pikeville Medical Center to begin adolescent COVID-19 vaccinations May 18

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Beginning Tuesday, May 18, Pikeville Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru will start distributing COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents age 12 and over.

This new vaccine administration plan comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation on May 12 that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in youth as young as 12.

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The CDC recommendation came after a May 10 decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to include those 12 and above.

Anyone under 18 receiving a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.