We may now give Pfizer COVID 19 vaccines to patients
over the age of 12 years.
On May 10, 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. In reaching this decision, FDA concluded that the known and potential benefits of the Pfizer vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweighed its known and potential risks. Accordingly, the FDA amended the EUA issued December 11, 2020, for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older, to include the younger age group.
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) convened today, May 12, 2021, to review the FDA’s decision for authorization and to evaluate the evidence for its use. ACIP recommended the vaccine for use in this population, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup convened later this evening and endorsed the ACIP’s recommendation.
The Oregon Health Authority has been actively working to ensure distribution of Pfizer vaccine throughout the state so that any age-eligible individual who wants to get vaccinated has access to a vaccine. Pfizer vaccine access will be available through a variety of channels, including pharmacies, clinics, urgent care sites and mass vaccination sites, among others.
Potential side effects after receiving the Pfizer vaccine are the same in youth as they are in older people, although side effects are more common in youth. Most people develop some soreness at the injection site. Fatigue and headache are common. Less common are muscle aches, chills, joint pain, vomiting, or fever. Most resolve after a day or two.
Parental or guardian consent is required to vaccinate people 12–14 years old, but this consent requirement does not necessarily require that a parent or guardian go with the youth to receive the vaccination. Written consent could be obtained in advance.
Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers. With the exception of pharmacies, most locations where COVID-19 vaccinations are provided have oversight by a medical provider on this list. In order to remove barriers to vaccination, OHA recommends that eligible locations not require consent from a parent or guardian to vaccine someone ages 15, 16, or 17.
New Pfizer EUA: https://www.fda.gov/media/144413/download
Call today to schedule your COVID vaccine! 541.472.0021
Welcome to Grants Pass Pediatrics, where children come first, and where our staff and patients work together to provide exceptional medical care for kids in the Grants Pass area. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate, comprehensive services to children from birth through adolescence, and we're glad you've chosen us as your child's medical home.
Please take a few moments to read through our website to get a better feel for Lisa Callahan, CPNP-PC's and Lori Simmons FNP-C's capabilities and services. Our website provides you with the important background about our staff, office hours, financing policies, appointment procedures, maps, directions to our office and other useful information.
We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible for your family. We want you to feel confident that when you choose Lisa Callahan, CPNP or Lori Simmons FNP-C as your child's primary care provider, you're working with professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We do this by equipping you with the support and resources you need to make the most educated decisions about your child's health.
We want to thank you for choosing our office for your child's medical care and welcome you to our practice. We can assure you that you'll feel confident in our ability to meet and exceed all of your expectations. Please call our office if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
View the KidsDoc Symptom Checker from HealthyChildren.org
At this time we are not accepting patients who do not vaccinate.
An online resource center providing you with additional helpful information.
Meet The Nurse Practitioners
Lisa Callahan, CPNP and Lori Simmons, FNP-C bring a comprehensive yet individualistic approach to pediatrics. Click here to learn more.