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Vaccine clinic for young people happens Wednesday at Albemarle Middle

Young people 12 and older and their families will have the chance to get their first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at Albemarle Middle School’s gymnasium from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Parents will need to provide their consent either verbally or in a written statement in order for their children to get vaccinated by officials from the Stanly County Health Department. The second shot will be administered on July 14 at the same scheduled time as the first shot. Prizes will also be raffled during the second clinic; raffle tickets will be given out to each person that gets their shot.

In the clinical trial for children ages 12 to 17, the Pfizer vaccine was 100 percent effective at preventing COVID-19.

“I think the more students that get vaccinated, the faster we will be able to get back to normal,” Superintendent Jarrod Dennis told the Stanly News & Press in late May. “Vaccinations will decrease the number of students that need to quarantine if a student comes into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.”

In Stanly County, 420 young people ages 12 to 17 have already received at least one dose, according to the health department, representing 9 percent of the total age population in the county. There are currently 28 people signed up for the event on Wednesday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for use in 12- to 15-year-olds on May 10 and the county health department began vaccinating the population beginning May 19.

Stanly County has about 32 percent of people that have received at least one dose while 30 percent are fully vaccinated, according to data from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

For any young person and their family interested in the opportunity, call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 980-323-0205.

 

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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