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Public Health administering COVID-19 vaccine to ages 12 and up  

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health is now accepting appointments for anyone 12 and over with Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine, which was previously approved for ages 16 and up, has been approved for adolescents age 12-15 by the FDA and CDC. The vaccine was shown to be safe and 100% effective in adolescents 12-15. Common temporary reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines include a sore arm, fever, headache or feeling tired and achy for a day or two.

Like all vaccination appointments, education on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine will be provided, along with a chance to ask questions before it’s administered. Second dose appointments will be scheduled onsite after the vaccination. Parents or family members who aren’t yet vaccinated are encouraged to get vaccinated with their child.

Forsyth County Public Health currently has the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is for ages 18 and up, at all of its vaccination appointments while supplies last.

Public Health’s vaccination clinic will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Health Department, 799 N. Highland Ave. Appointments are available online at Bit.Ly/FCNCCovidVaccine or by calling 336-360-5260 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Walk-ups are welcome until an hour before closing.

Appointments and walk-ups are also available at the upcoming community vaccination event on Saturday, May 15, at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 2651 Buchanan Street, from 9 a.m.-noon. Appointments can be made at Bit.Ly/gfmb515 or by calling 336-771-7000.