FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2021
Marion County Public Health Department partnering with schools to host
mass vaccination clinics for 12–17-year-olds
INDIANAPOLIS – Today, June 2 the Marion County Public Health Department will host the first of three mass vaccination clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine for 12–17-year-olds at North Central High School from 4 to 8 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, and family members older than 17 can also be vaccinated at the clinics. Parents and guardians can save time by pre-registering their children and teens for this clinic by visiting ourshot.in.gov or calling 2-1-1.
“The approval of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-olds was welcome news for parents, guardians, and teachers across our city,” said Dr. Virginia Caine, Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. “As we continue to reopen Indianapolis, our children and teens deserve the lifesaving protection offered by the COVID-19 vaccine. I encourage all of our city’s parents and guardians to bring their 12- to 17-year-old to a vaccine clinic at a school near you during the month of June.” The following is the schedule for the vaccination clinics for 12-17-year-olds:
Location First dose clinic Second dose clinic
|North Central High School June 2 from 4-8pm||June 23 from 4-8pm|
|Arsenal Tech High School June 12 from 9am-3pm||July 10 from 9am-3pm|
|Warren Central High School June 19 from 9am-3pm||July 17 from 9am-3pm|
Families attending today’s clinic at North Central High School should enter the school through Door 26 South. Parental or guardian consent is required for a minor to be administered the vaccine. At the time of signing consent for the first vaccine dose, parents and guardians will have the chance to name alternate caregivers who may chaperone the child or teen for the second dose. These caregivers must be 18 or older.
The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States underwent rigorous testing, and months of data demonstrates their safety and high efficacy. The vaccine saves the body from the risk of fighting COVID unprepared by giving the immune system instructions to recognize and kill the virus if exposed. Receiving these vaccines will greatly reduce the risk of serious illness due to the virus. Those with unanswered questions or concerns about the vaccine can call the Health Department vaccine hotline at 317-221-2100 between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
Those who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are still encouraged by medical professionals to receive the vaccine, as contracting the virus may only provide limited protection. It is important to not skip the second dose if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines – vaccine-induced protection is much stronger and longer-lasting after the second dose. It is normal to feel some side effects after receiving the vaccine, which can include a fever, chills, tiredness, headache, or aching at the injection site. These side effects are signs that your body is building protection and typically go away in 24-48 hours.