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Virginia officials urge school vaccine clinics for young teens as Pfizer approval nears
Top state officials in Virginia are urging local school systems and private schools to hold vaccination clinics once the Pfizer-BioTech vaccine is approved for 12- to 15-year-olds, which could happen as soon as Wednesday.
Public health officials said having local health departments vaccinate youths at school would reduce equity and access issues and allow parents to give written consent ahead of time, without having to make a special trip to have their children vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated youths will not have to quarantine after an exposure to the coronavirus, eliminating missed school days, sports and other after-school activities, said Dena Potter, the spokeswoman for vaccine distribution in Virginia.
During a virtual meeting with public school superintendents, some private schools and local health departments, Potter said, Superintendent of Public Instruction James F. Lane and vaccine coordinator Danny Avula encouraged schools to launch clinics quickly so students can get both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 21 days apart, before the end of the academic year.