CVS and Walgreens are administering COVID-19 vaccines to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 as part of the ongoing effort to overcome the pandemic.
Appointments for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at more than 5,600 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide became available Thursday following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization for the age group.
Participating CVS Pharmacy locations will begin administering the shot with parental or legal guardian consent and children must be accompanied by an adult, according to CVS.
Walgreens also opened up appointments Thursday for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15. This includes same-day appointments.
Rite Aid and CVS both said that schools and other organizations interested in setting up a potential vaccination clinic can reach out online to determine eligibility.
“Opening eligibility for those 12 and older is a major step forward in the effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible and help bring an end to the pandemic,” said Jim Peters, chief operating officer at Rite Aid, in a statement.
“But we know that availability of the vaccine is just one step. It’s important to reach people where they learn, gather, work, and worship. To make the vaccination process as safe and seamless as possible, we’ve designed a tool on our website that makes scheduling a pop-up clinic simple. Whether it’s COVID-19 testing or vaccine clinics, we’re eager to help our communities thrive,” Peters said.