How soon will kids, teens receive COVID-19 vaccine in Houston?

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FILE - (Richard Chung)

HOUSTON – Experts say the agency granting the use of the coronavirus vaccine in younger age groups will accelerate the nation’s efforts to drive down infections.

It will also allow middle school-aged students to get vaccinated before school starts this fall.

While this age group is typically not hard-hit by the virus, they are not immune to complications and can transmit it to vulnerable people.

Now that the FDA granted the Emergency Use Authorization of Pfizer for 12-15-year-olds and the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) further recommended vaccinating this age group, local clinics and hospitals say they will begin offering the vaccine to that age group.

UTMB is waiting on further guidance from the state.

Houston Methodist plans to begin vaccinating adolescents Thursday.

Memorial Hermann said you can register now for appointments starting Thursday.

Texas Children’s Hospital is taking appointments now for patients 12-15.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic said 12-year-olds and older can call the vaccine line: 713-442-5703.

Legacy Community Health said they are waiting further guidance from the state.

CVS said they will begin vaccinating 12 and older on Thursday. Patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app to ensure availability. Walk-ins are also accepted.