‘Maybe we can all get back to normal life’: Parents excited to vaccinate their 12-15 year old children

SPOKANE, Wash. — Pfizer’s vaccine has been approved for children ages 12-15. For many parents who have already been vaccinated, they couldn’t wait to get their kids protected.

The CDC made the announcement because the vaccine passed a clinical trial showing 100% efficacy against COVID-19 in  that age group. Thursday was the first day, and parents didn’t want to miss their opportunity. Mindy Howard brought her son Blake out to Gonzaga University for Providence Health’s community-vaccine clinic.

“I feel great about this,” she said. “This has been something we have been looking forward to.”

Her daughter is 16 and was already signed up to receive her second dose. The expanded eligibility timing worked out perfectly for the Howard family.

“Watching the state last night has been so great to know that it’s just worked out so well together today to have both kids come in and to have this wonderful opportunity to be protected,” Mindy said.

At the clinic, Providence gave out over 1,000 doses, and around 100 of the doses went to children in this age group who made appointments. The kids are just excited to get back to a sense of normalcy.

“I’m excited to be with all my friends again and just be able to be with people,” Blake said.

Providence will host vaccine clinics every Thursday at Gonzaga. They’re offering by-appointment and walk-up options. Kevin Cole is encouraging people to sign up sooner rather than later since there’s heightened demand with the expanded eligibility. For him, it’s another step in the right direction.

“Today is a milestone where in the state of Washington it is the first day where those who are 12 and older can now get vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine,” Cole said.

The Laycock family all came down with COVID-19 in December and say they don’t want to get it again which is why Jennifer brought her son Benson, 14, in for his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

“We’re just trying to do our part and get everybody vaccinated,” she said. “Maybe we can all get back to normal life and so we’re excited.”

You can sign up for Providence’s free vaccine clinic HERE and can find other vaccine providers in the area HERE.