Florida health department approved Pfizer shots for children over 12 years old, major Pharmacy chains across the U.S. are starting to roll out appointments for the age group, including here in Florida. A government advisory recommended Pfizer’s vaccine for children 12 and older on Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration expanded authorization of the shots to the age group earlier in the week.
American retail Corporation CVS Pharmacy announced vaccine appointments for children 12 to 15 are available at 640 Pharmacy locations in Florida and more than 5,600 nationwide. The vaccine shots to the youngest eligible age group beginning Thursday. Walk-ins will also be welcome where Pfizer shots are available.
Publix, Florida’s largest grocer, offers only the Modern and Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots, which are not approved for children. School districts in Florida are working to provide vaccine events at schools. Seminole County’s Emergency Manager Alan Harris said vaccines for children could begin there next week and the county is already getting calls from parents who want to make appointments for their children.
The state’s vaccination report says another 24,098 people have received either the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or their second COVID vaccine dose of the two-shot vaccines, meaning 7,554,815 people are fully vaccinated. The state has recorded a total of 2,289,522 novel coronavirus cases and 36,776 deaths. Among those who died, 36,056 were residents and 720 were nonresidents.