Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Health today applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for taking the next step to make Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine available to 12- to 15-year-olds, but noted one more important step is needed before vaccinations can start.

“We are thrilled that the FDA’s research has determined the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for individuals as young as 12,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “This means that approximately 750,000 more Pennsylvanians will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”