Following the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15 by the FDA, Walgreens says it will now offer doses for these teenagers.
Starting Thursday same-day vaccine appointments will be available either online, through the Walgreens mobile app, over the phone, or via walk-ins at Walgreens locations.
Numerous other healthcare facilities and local health departments are offering the vaccine as well. For more locations visit the Utah Department of Health’s website, or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder.
What else should I know about the vaccine?
There have been a lot of questions about the vaccine and what you can do before or after getting your shot. Here are a few frequently-asked-questions, answered:
Can I travel again after getting the vaccine?
If you have been fully vaccinated, the CDC says you can resume travel at “low risk” of getting or spreading COVID-19. Because of this, those who are fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine can travel safely within the U.S. without getting tested before or after travel – unless their destination requires it – and they do not need to self-quarantine.
How long will the vaccine protect me?
New research suggests the protection the Moderna vaccine gives against COVID-19 lasts for at least six months. Research on the Pfizer vaccine has found the same results. Both vaccines have only been available in the U.S. for six months.
Can I take medication before getting the vaccine?
The CDC recommends that people avoid pain medicine like Tylenol or Ibuprofen prior to getting the vaccine. The chance that over-the-counter medications will affect your immune response is unlikely, the Utah Department of Health says, but it is still not known for sure if they can impact the vaccine’s effectiveness.