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What you need to know about Spokane Public School vaccination clinics

Five SPS high schools will turn into vaccination clinics in an effort to vaccinate children as young as 12 years of age.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Public Schools is planning to vaccinate Spokane County children ages 12-15 at several vaccine clinics, pending state and county approval.

Children ages 12-15 can be vaccinated there once the state and SRHD approves the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years of age and older. SPS Director of Communications Sandra Jarrad said that approval is expected Wednesday or Thursday. 

According to Jarrad, North Central High School in partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District will host vaccine clinics on Friday, May 14 and Friday, May 21. This clinic is only for North Central students. Four other schools will also host vaccine clinics that are open to the public.

The district says vaccines are voluntary and not a requirement to attend school. Parents/guardians must consent and register their children for the vaccine but they do not need to be present for the vaccination. 

Here's a list of other SPS clinic and links to sign up:

Lewis & Clark, 521 W. 4th Ave.

Ferris, 3020 E. 37th Ave.

Shadle Park, 4327 N. Ash St.

Rogers, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it is expanding emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12-15.

The FDA action will be followed by the advisory committee's meeting, currently set for Wednesday. A draft agenda posted online says a vote would happen early Wednesday afternoon. If the committee gives the OK, the vaccines can then be distributed.

The agency said the two-dose vaccine has "met the statutory criteria" to allow the EUA to be amended, and says the "known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks."

Nearly 35% of the U.S. population and 44% of adults have been fully vaccinated as of Monday, according to the CDC. That means people who have received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Forty-six percent of the population and 58.2% have received at least one dose of one of those vaccines.