BISBEE, Ariz. (May 13, 2021) – Beginning today, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be available for children ages 12 and older. Following guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Cochise County will begin vaccinating adolescents within the 12 to 17 age group at vaccination sites where the Pfizer vaccine is available.
Pfizer, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, received an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week, making it the only vaccine currently available for children ages 12 and older. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are still only authorized for adults ages 18 and older.
The authorization comes after a study done with over 2,000 adolescents, which found the Pfizer vaccine worked safely for children within that age group. According to the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects reported from the adolescents, which typically lasted 1-3 days, were consistent with those who were ages 16 and older. While not every individual may experience side effects, the symptoms reported were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain.
“The administration of vaccines within this new eligible age group is an important step to take, to help keep children healthy and avoid serious complications that can derive from COVID-19,” says Erik McLaughlin MD, MPH, Medical Director of Cochise Health and Social Services.
Cochise Health and Social Services is recommending county vaccine providers request a parent or guardian consent form for the child to be vaccinated. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and sign a consent which attests the child is at least 12 years old. No identification is required for the child. All county-run vaccination events will require in-person parental consent.
To register for the Pfizer vaccine, parents or guardians should visit the ADHS online portal podvaccine.azdhs.gov or call 844-542-8201 to book an appointment. When scheduling an appointment, it is important to ensure the vaccine event offers the Pfizer vaccine, as no other vaccine will be available for those under 18 years of age.
Beginning today, Chiricahua Community Health Centers Inc. (CCHC) will be offering the Pfizer vaccine to those ages 12 and older across their three locations. The vaccine is available Monday-Saturday at the Pediatric Centers in Sierra Vista and Douglas, and Monday-Friday at the Infectious Disease Center in Bisbee. Walk-in appointments will also be available, dependent on vaccine availability and vaccination hours.
Clinic location and vaccination hours:
Douglas Pediatric Center of Excellence (815 15th St., Douglas, AZ 85607)
Monday-Friday at 12:30-4 p.m. and Saturday’s at 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bisbee Infectious Disease Program (310 Arizona St., Bisbee, AZ 85603)
Monday-Friday at 9-11:15 a.m. and 1:45-4 p.m.
Sierra Vista Pediatrics Health Center (155 Calle Portal, Suite 700, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635)
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday’s at 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Copper Queen Community Hospital will offer a Pfizer point of dispensing (POD) vaccine event on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bisbee at 7 Bisbee Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603. The public can register for the event through the ADHS online portal or hotline.
To find a list of additional providers who offer COVID-19 vaccines within the county, visit https://www.cochisecovid.com/pages/vaccines. Pharmacy retail providers such as Walmart, Safeway, CVS, etc. are also providing the Pfizer vaccine within Cochise County to those ages 12 and older.