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Utah health departments prepare to vaccinate younger people once FDA drops age to 12



PROVO, Utah – Health departments across the state are planning for the next phase of the vaccine rollout. In the next week or so, the FDA is expected to allow kids as young as 12 to get the Pfizer vaccine.

“We are just thrilled,” said Christina Lau Billings of Salt Lake City. “Our son Theo is 12 years old.”

The Utah County Health Department has 6,000 open vaccination appointments that could fill up quickly once the younger group becomes eligible.

“We’re ready,” said Danielle Chapman, health department spokeswoman. “We’re just waiting for the word that it can be switched down to 12 years old.”

Utah County requires an adult be with the minor in addition to permission from the legal guardian. Its mass vaccination sites in American Fork and Spanish Fork have the Pfizer vaccine.

Could schools and other youth-specific clinics be planned?

“We are looking into that option,” Chapman said. “It kind of gets tougher when we’re at this end of school year.”