Published: May 14, 2021


THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK IT WILL BEGIN ADMINISTERING THE PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE TO CHILDREN AGES 12-15 YEARS OF AGE. THIS IS FOLLOWING THE DECISION BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES TO RECOMMEND TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION THAT THE PFIZER VACCINE BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ADMINISTER TO CHILDREN AGES 12-15. THE VACCINE IS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING COVID-19. PRIOR TO THIS DECISION, THE PFIZER VACCINE WAS ONLY APPROVED FOR INDIVIDUALS AGE 16 AND ABOVE. THE MODERNA AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINES CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS AGE 18 AND OLDER. LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS WILL BE ABLE TO VACCINATE CHILDREN AGES 12-15 YEARS BEGINNING TODAY. INDIVIDUALS ARE ABLE TO REQUEST APPOINTMENTS ONLINE THROUGH VACCINATE.TN.GOV. WHEN MAKING AN APPOINTMENT, INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 SHOULD SELECT A PFIZER VACCINE APPOINTMENT TIME. HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ALSO ACCEPT WALK-INS.