Vaccine clinic planned for 16- to 17-year-olds

By 
Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, April 12, 2021

Park County is hosting its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 16- and 17-year-olds Tuesday at Park High School, Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick announced Friday.

So far, Park County vaccine distributors have been able to vaccinate only those 18 and older because Park County has primarily received doses of the Moderna vaccine, with a small amount of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, both of which are approved for ages 18 and up. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for those age 16 and up.

Desnick said in a video message an additional clinic for the 16-17 age group is being planned for the Shields Valley next week.

For more information, parents can contact their child’s school or the Health Department, Desnick said.

Until more people are vaccinated, Desnick said, residents still need to take precautions against COVID-19, such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Those who have already been vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 if they don’t have any symptoms, Desnick said.

According to Desnick, so far more than 9,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Park County, with more than 3,000 people fully vaccinated.