Seminole County prepares to handle younger age groups for COVID-19 vaccine

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The FDA is close to approving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 years old.

That decision could come as early as next week, and Seminole County officials said they’re prepared to handle that age group.

Plans to move to a smaller space at the Oviedo Mall on May 22 have been put on hold to accommodate the 28,000 youngsters in Seminole County that fall in the 12-to-15-year-old age group.

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Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said they have been preparing to vaccinate that age group for the last several weeks.

“We’ve had a surplus of vaccine because the demand has gone down a little bit, but we kept it coming because we knew eventually the 12-to-15-year-old would be eligible.”

The county said that surplus of 21,000 doses will not cover each child, as they have allocated some doses for appointments this week and next, as well as mobile vaccine programs and walk-ins at the mall.

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“We hope that some parents who may have been on the fence will come along with them; we did notice that with the 16-to-18-year-olds,” Harris said. “The youth came and the adults came along with them.”

Besides walk-ins at the Oviedo Mall, Harris said they are in talks with the Seminole County Public Schools to hold points of dispensing at several high schools on early release Wednesdays for freshmen, sophomores and their parents.

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