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KMOV: Sam Page says St. Louis County will be ready to vaccinate teens once CDC gives approval

Sam Page says St. Louis County will be ready to vaccinate teens once CDC gives approval

KMOV Staff, May 12, 2021

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. ( -- St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said the county will be ready to vaccinate 12 to 15-year-olds once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives approval.

The CDC's Independent Advisory Committee meets Wednesday afternoon to provide a recommendation to evaluate the FDA's emergency use authorization that came out earlier this week.

After the CDC endorses use of the vaccine for ages 12-15, then the state health department will also need to endorse the vaccine for that age group. Many organizations anticipate they'll be able to give the vaccine the adolescents by Thursday.

Page said minors will need a consent form signed by parents or guardians prior to receiving the vaccine. The form can be printed from the county's coronavirus website.

Some local school districts are working with local pharmacies to offer the vaccine. The Medicine Shoppe in Affton said the interest is higher in these clinics than ones they coordinated for older teens.

"It keeps getting longer, last count we had 430 signed up for that," Medicine Shoppe pharmacist Lynn Schmittgens said. "Interest is really high we're going to have to cut that off soon just because of how much vaccine we have available."

The store has tentatively set up a clinic for Affton School District students 12 and older Thursday. The Ladue School District is almost full for their clinic scheduled for Friday.

P.O. Box 410091
Saint Louis, MO 63141
Paid for by Page for Missouri, Sue Felling, Treasurer

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