The City of El Paso announced Wednesday evening that they will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents as young as 12 beginning Thursday, May 13, at the El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza.
“This is another positive step in our battle against the COVID-19 virus. We look forward to vaccinating even more members of our community, with this approval,” said City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza.
“Immunization is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. Vaccinating our children not only benefits the child, but also the child’s loved ones who can be infected with the virus and spread infection in their homes and our community.”
The vaccines will be given via appointment or walk-up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Today with the recommendation by the CDC Advisory Council on Immunizations Practice (ACIP), all local providers are now able to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youths 12 and older.
Both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for ages 18 years and older.
Health officials advised that parental or guardian consent is required for the vaccination of minors. Parents can schedule an appointment at EPCovidVaccine.com or walk up to the Convention Center in Downtown El Paso.
At this time, the vaccine will only be administered at the Convention Center.