MCDH to administer Pfizer vaccine to anyone who is 12 years of age or older
McHENRY COUNTY— Pending recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available to anyone who is at least 12 years old at all McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) vaccination clinics.
Pfizer is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be administered to children ages 12 to 15. The 12 through 15 age group represents 6% of McHenry County’s population.
Pfizer has reported that in recent studies with participants who were ages 12 to 15, the vaccine demonstrated 100% efficacy and strong antibody responses. The CDC and the FDA will continue to closely monitor the safety of this vaccine and will take action if any safety concerns are identified. Anyone who has questions about if the vaccine is safe for their children should discuss it with their pediatrician or family physician.
MCDH operates vaccination clinics in the cities of Crystal Lake, Harvard and McHenry. COVID-19 vaccinations at all MCDH-run clinics are free and open to everyone regardless of their county or state of residency. Walk-in vaccinations are available at all MCDH clinics.
Pfizer clinics will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 14, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at 1900 N. Richmond Road in McHenry. Other clinic dates and locations are available at https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov/.
“This is yet another milestone in the fight against the COVID-19 virus,” said MCDH Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson. “With the expansion of who may receive the vaccine comes a greater opportunity to stop COVID-19 in its tracks.”
Anyone who is age 12 or older is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them through the clinic. Parents must bring photo identification or guardians must bring documentation of custody that verifies they are the parent or legal guardian. Additionally, those under the age of 18 must bring documentation showing proof of age, such as a birth certificate, State ID, driver’s license or immunization record.
To receive a first dose, you must bring a photo ID with you to the appointment. For those receiving the second dose, you must bring a photo ID and your vaccination card or record. To register for a vaccine in advance, please visit https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov/. Videos explaining how to cancel or modify an appointment and how to register for a first or second dose appointment are available at https://bit.ly/MCDHCOVIDVaxLoc.