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Summit County Public Health to begin administering doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children 12-years-and-older following CDC approval

SCPH will host drive-thru clinics each Wednesday, beginning May 19, and ending June 30.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published on May 11, 2021. 

Summit County Public Health announced Wednesday morning plans to immediately begin vaccinating 12-15-year-olds once the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approve of Pfizer's two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

"In anticipation that the ACIP recommendation will be for use of the Pfizer vaccine in children ages 12-15, SCPH is providing opportunities for children ages 12-15 to be vaccinated," a representative for SCPH said in a release sent to 3News. 

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The local health department says that it will begin offering vaccines to teenagers on Wednesday, May 19, at 1 p.m. 

SCPH also will host weekly drive-thru clinics beginning May 19 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., held at its downtown Akron location (1867 W. Market Street) through June 30. Appointments can be made by calling SCPH's COVID-19 call center at (330) 926-5795. Walk-in appointments are also available.

SCPH will also host a Pfizer vaccine clinic on May 22, from noon to 3 p.m., at Hardesty Park (1615 W. Market Street). 

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A parent or legal guardian must be present for anyone under the age of 18 looking to receive a vaccine. 

Even after vaccination, the CDC and SCPH recommend following COVID_19 safety measures and guidelines, including: 

  • Stay home if you’re sick, even with mild symptoms 
  • Be mindful in your interactions with others
  • Limit your chances of exposure by maintaining social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members
  • Wear a mask in public
  • Consider necessary travel only
  • Follow good hygiene standards
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes 

Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published on May 11, 2021. 


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