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Oregon Health Authority: Pfizer vaccinations for 12 to 15-year-olds can begin Thursday

Mark Makela

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup reviews federal process, gives nod

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup said it completed its review of the federal process Wednesday night and unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective for youth aged 12 to 15.

The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington this evening.

The Oregon Health Authority informed health care providers that vaccinations for 12- to 15-year olds can begin in Oregon Thursday.

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the vaccine in 12- to 15-year olds, and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices affirmed that decision on Wednesday. The Workgroup reviewed and affirmed the federal decisions Wednesday evening.

Washington, Oregon, and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in October. The workgroup, made up of nationally-acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, has concurrently and independently reviewed the FDA’s actions related to COVID-19 vaccines. It will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines as they go through the federal process.

Statement from Governor Kate Brown:
“This is great news for Oregon children, parents, and families. Vaccination is the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 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.”

Statement from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak:
“I am pleased that the experts in our Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup agree with our federal partners that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine for adolescents as young as 12 years old.

“This vaccine is a vital tool in our fight against COVID-19 and the protection it offers our families is invaluable as we look to the future and work to protect the health of our communities. Thank you to my fellow Governors for your expertise and collaboration on this process. We are better and stronger together and residents of all western states can be confident in this review.

“I am excited that we can now open vaccination to this age group and this announcement is an important step to protecting our children as every vaccine given puts our state one step closer to recovery.”

Statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom:
“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. 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.”

Statement from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:
“We are very pleased that teens can now be vaccinated. We have seen an increase in cases among this age group, and we can now make sure they are protected with the vaccine. This will further help us bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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  1. dear parents who allow their child to get this, you should slap your own face! secondly don’t go blame ANYBODY but yourself when your child starts to get sick from this, you and you alone are to blame for your child getting sick when putting an unknown government agent into their body! but then again we need sheep to make the world go round

      1. Along with McDonalds chicken nuggets, fries and a supersize coke. And if they don’t drink all the coke you can use it to clean your engine.

    1. You know that all you folks who refuse the jab will just be tracked down by Bill Gates and have a chip implanted directly into your skulls! so might as well succumb now to the inevitable!

  2. This is nuts!!! The bar will continue to drop–just a matter of timely it’ll be grade schools, than pre-K. Our kids shouldn’t be guinea pigs for the vax pushers.
    The food on our grocery shelves is FDA approved. The experimental vax is not.
    Unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, unafraid.
    Fear will never own this household. FYI, this household was visited by Covid with one member having a bad case of it.

    1. shocked!

      Let’s hope your household case doesn’t have any long term affects. Though they say paranoia and mental issues are a Covid Symptom so you are well on your way.

    2. If the adults were grownups and all got vaccinated, then the youngest ones wouldn’t need to. My being vaccinated is my desire to stop the pandemic, not to protect myself. Most of my friends have gotten vaccinated for the same reason and are not in the vulnerable category. I’m vaccinated to not infect a very young person that maybe shouldn’t get this vaccine. Get vaccinated you selfish fool.

    3. Please consider going to the CDC site and read what EAU means (and talk to your doctor). They actually have great info about the procedures that were followed, the testing that was done, etc. The difference between EAU and FDA approved is basically red tape – it has still gone through extensive testing. By far, there is a greater chance of a “bad case” when unvaccinated.
      I’m glad the person in your household made it through their bad case. But why struggle with being sick or spreading sickness to others when there is an available and safe tool that will, at minimum, reduce the chances of bad cases?

  3. Signing my teens up as soon as possible. All the anti-vaxx crowd swore that my kids would have horrible long term effects from the HPV vaccine too.

    1. It’s an interesting phenomenon, isn’t it? Tens of thousands of cases of cancer a year can be prevented by the HPV vaccine, and many deaths prevented. But a couple of extremely rare one-off reactions and suddenly the whole concept of the vaccine isn’t trusted.
      It’s a normal animal instinct I guess. But we’re smarter than the average animal otherwise we wouldn’t be making our own medicine at all.

  4. We must totally trust the largest most corrupt corporations with our children’s lives because an “Expert” says so. Most people have no idea if any expert they are listening to is actually telling the real “scientific” truth. Most people just go with what the expert says, because they sound really smart. But to those who actually understand the science and the level of corruption in big pharma, the experts in this Covid issue do not sound like experts at all. They sound like big pharma reps who bring pizza to all of the staff in a doctor’s office and nothing more.

    One more time for those who may be interested in how big pharma actually works. And this link is from Harvard a notablely liberal institution.

  5. From the article. Kate Brown said “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.”

    I followed Kate’s advice. Two different doctors said there was no their teenage daughters were getting a Covid vaccine. So there you have it, Kate. I followed your advice and two different doctors told me “No way.” If your doctor tells you otherwise ask them if they will compensate your child for damages if it turns out badly because you have no recourse against those making the vaccines.

  6. The Covid vaccination has not been tested or proven long enough. The HPV vaccine is not completely safe. We have a friend whose 13 year old daughter was forced, by her school in Dallas, to take it in 2006. She came home as a fully functioning teenager, the next day she woke up permanently paralyzed. My late father, who retired from the Research Department of Merck, always said don’t take any medication or vaccination until it has been tested or proven for 10-15 years.
    My family will not take the vaccination because of our susceptibility to Guillain Barre Syndrome.

    1. For every example of a one-off reaction, there are millions of examples of lives saved.
      There have been studies trying to find links between HPV vaccine and any instances of long-term effects, and it seems like there isn’t any causation between people with HPV vaccine vs. the general population. I’m not saying that everything is 100% safe, but in nearly every example, the instances of risk from a side effect of a vaccine are EXTREMELY rare vs. complications that occur from getting the virus or disease that the vaccine would otherwise prevent.
      Or here is what I’m basing that comment from:

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