Health department expanding clinic hours after Kansas opens up COVID vaccines to kids 12 and up

photo by: Ashley Golledge

A sign points to LMH Health's drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination center on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.

Anyone 12 and older may now receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is expanding its clinic hours to account for the change.

Starting Thursday, the vaccination site at LMH Health will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. On Wednesday, federal health advisers endorsed the use of the Pfizer vaccine in younger adolescents. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was available to those 16 and older.

Parents or guardians are asked to schedule an appointment for their child by going to LDCHealth.org/COVIDVaccine or douglascountyks.org/coronavirus and using the codes to register. A consent form for parents and guardians is also available at LDCHealth.org/COVIDVaccine. Parents or guardians may also accompany their child to a vaccine clinic to provide consent, or vaccination staff can obtain consent by speaking to a parent or guardian on the phone.

In addition to the health department clinics at LMH Health, parents and guardians can check with other local providers who are offering the Pfizer vaccine — such as Sigler Pharmacy, Orchards Drug Pharmacy, Jayhawk Pharmacy West, Lawrence Family Practice Center and LMH Health providers — to ask about scheduling an appointment.

“It is exciting that the FDA’s analysis of trial data for those 12-15 showed the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19,” Charlie Bryan, chair of the Vaccination Planning Unit under Douglas County’s Unified Command pandemic response, said in a press release. “As each of the remaining phases open up, it will continue to add to the amount of people in our community who are fully vaccinated. This is a very positive development for protecting our community, particularly in lessening the transmission routes that exist for the virus and protecting more and more people from the risk of serious illness or death.”

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