Starting Thursday, CVS to offer COVID vaccines to kids 12 and up in CT

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A woman enters a CVS Covid-19 vaccine site in Monterey Park, California on April 27, 2021.

A woman enters a CVS Covid-19 vaccine site in Monterey Park, California on April 27, 2021.

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Starting Thursday, more than 5,600 CVS Health pharmacies — including 45 in Connecticut — will administer COVID-19 vaccine to children age 12 to 15.

The drug store chain’s announcement follows the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in this age group. Patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment online to ensure doses are available.

Consent by a parent or other legal guardian is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

According to a release from CVS Health, the company has administered more than 17 million COVID-19 vaccines in the long-term care and retail setting. CVS says it’s expected to offer vaccinations at more than 9,600 CVS Pharmacy locations across 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. as of Sunday, including over 175 sites in Connecticut.

“With every new wave of eligibility our teams have worked around the clock to ensure vaccine access as soon as possible,” Karen Lynch, president and chief executive officer of CVS Health, said in the release. “Offering vaccinations to younger populations at thousands of locations across the country brings us one step closer to prevailing over the pandemic.”

Return Ready, CVS Health’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and vaccine solution for businesses, schools and other organizations will also meet the expanded eligibility for adolescents ages 12 to 15. Schools, businesses and other organizations with more than 48 participants can sponsor an on-site clinic with COVID-19 vaccines administered by CVS Heath for eligible populations. Learn more and complete the online clinic submission form here.