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Vaccine advisors approve Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 to 15 in Oregon, California

The Western States Scientific Review Workgroup finalized its review of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday night, approving its use for youth ages 12 to 15.

Posted: May 13, 2021 9:18 AM
Updated: May 13, 2021 9:27 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Pfizer vaccine received its final greenlight for use in people between the ages 12 and 15 in West Coast states this week, according to Governor Kate Brown's office.

Pfizer's vaccine received the expanded emergency use approval from the FDA on Monday. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup — which reviews federal decisions on COVID-19 vaccines for Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada — confirmed that the vaccine is "safe and effective" for youth ages 12 to 15 and notified the governors on Wednesday night.

According to Brown's office, the Oregon Health Authority is notifying vaccine providers in the state that they can expand vaccinations to this age group on Thursday.

“This is great news for Oregon children, parents, and families. Vaccination is the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones," said Governor Brown. "With today’s review by leading doctors, pediatricians, and health experts, young Oregonians and parents can be confident in the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youth. It is completely normal for parents and kids to have questions about vaccines––I urge you to reach out to your family doctor or pharmacist and get your questions answered today.”

California started the scientific safety review group in October, and the other states joined shortly after. The group was established to independently evaluate the FDA's decisions on COVID-19 vaccines.

“The in-depth review from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup reinforces the fact that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and will help young Californians protect themselves from COVID-19," said California Governor Gavin Newsom. "I encourage those who are now eligible to get vaccinated. Expanding vaccine access to teenagers is a critical step in defeating this pandemic and will get us that much closer to safely reopening California’s economy next month.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 391099

Reported Deaths: 5161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60298839
Washington41981395
Marion39886506
Clackamas32773378
Lane30113355
Jackson24880360
Deschutes23557185
Umatilla15126180
Linn14637179
Douglas13375291
Josephine10148244
Yamhill9762143
Klamath9053146
Polk8212100
Benton609738
Malheur592487
Coos5664106
Columbia430455
Jefferson420266
Lincoln362152
Union338755
Crook334056
Wasco316146
Clatsop261835
Baker219833
Tillamook216645
Hood River213737
Morrow197525
Curry191939
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105416
Wallowa75713
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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Cases: 5083462

Reported Deaths: 74473
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Los Angeles152713227166
San Diego4069274335
Riverside3876785358
San Bernardino3745435962
Orange3343985725
Sacramento1683542443
Kern1576621804
Fresno1567952254
Santa Clara1520891925
Alameda1251761504
San Joaquin1075591834
Ventura1040031190
Contra Costa1037721046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare860871096
San Francisco56909669
San Mateo56320629
Monterey52488626
Solano47671357
Santa Barbara47293549
Merced45053667
Sonoma43168412
Placer42141470
Imperial38477773
Kings35206363
San Luis Obispo31476359
Madera26194311
Shasta26081451
Butte25455314
Santa Cruz22248224
Yolo21558257
Marin18465249
El Dorado18301166
Sutter14571186
Napa13420104
Yuba1076089
Tehama10275130
Humboldt10158119
Nevada10019105
Mendocino857197
Lassen796756
San Benito781578
Tuolumne773090
Lake7043110
Amador577366
Siskiyou474755
Glenn457436
Calaveras441588
Del Norte375542
Colusa325220
Inyo256646
Plumas19367
Mono18784
Mariposa160018
Trinity99717
Modoc7655
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Sierra2180
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