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Vaccine clinics in the works for 12 to 15 years old Kentucky children

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 2:55 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The use of the Pfizer vaccine was expanded to include children as young as 12 years old on Monday.

The CDC met Wednesday to discuss if they’ll give the go-ahead. Experts say the vaccine will bring added protection to our kids before they head back to school in the fall.

It seems in Kentucky, no time is being wasted.

“We are already being extremely proactive,” said Wild Health’s director of COVID operations Morgan Franklin.

Wild Health is planning 37 clinics at schools across the Commonwealth starting next week. They’re packing up about 7,000 doses in freezers to bring to students in a total of nine counties.

“Immunizations have just plateaued and so hopefully this will allow us to keep pressing forward into getting to herd immunity and ultimately help the community get life back to normal,” Franklin said.

In Lexington, vaccinations have already started.

30 people in the 12 to 15-year-old age group have already been vaccinated at Kroger Field. It’s a smaller group ahead of the CDC’s official recommendations. After that, they’re making plans to vaccinate even more children.

“Another tool to get to get farther, another important step towards that community immunity phase,” said UK spokesperson Jay Blanton.

Blanton says more kids are planned to be vaccinated at the Kroger Field site by the end of the week. When the site closes down on Friday, they’ll have the opportunity to get the shot from UK HealthCare sites, as well the rest of the eligible age groups.

“It will be nice when we don’t have to wear masks everywhere,” Franklin said.

Research shows children had the same side effects as adults after their shots, which mostly included sore arms and flu-like symptoms.

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