RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia’s state-run Community Vaccination Clinics (CVCs) will begin offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children 12 to 15-year-olds starting on Friday.
According to a press release, The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) told providers late Wednesday that they could administer the Pfizer vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) approved its use.
Prior to the CDC’s newest authorization, the vaccine was available to people 16 and older. The same report stated that the Commonwealth’s CVCs first opened in March and have vaccinated over 320,000 people.
There are eight CVCs across the state that offer walk-in appointments, with one in the Central Virginia region at the Petersburg Sportsplex.
On Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 579 new cases. Since the pandemic started, there have been a total of 668,726 COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth and 10,961 deaths.
Over three million people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia with nearly seven million total doses administered.
- The CDC voted to back the use of the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15. Children can’t go to get vaccinated alone.
- The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. Virginia Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula says the Commonwealth has to wait for additional federal approval before moving forward with administering vaccines to adolescents.
- The Hanover County Vaccination Center is putting out one last call for residents to get their shots. They have appointments available for the month of May, but walk-ins are welcome. The center is located at 135 Junction Drive, Ashland, VA.
- The Chickahominy Health District is offering walk-up vaccines to residents 18 and older who still need their first dose. This is happening on Fridays at the Ashland Clinic on Junction Drive. Walk-ins are accepted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, walk-ins are accepted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia
- Charles City County: 500 cases, 16 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 27,730 cases, 430 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,706 cases, 61 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,585 cases, 73 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,862 cases, 86 deaths
- City of Richmond: 16,963 cases, 261 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 2,118 cases, 43 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,442 cases, 23 deaths
- Hanover County: 8,052 cases, 156 deaths
- Henrico County: 25,300 cases, 611 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,492 cases, 17 deaths
- Powhatan County: 1,909 cases, 17 deaths