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Younger Utahns line up to receive vaccine shot

Posted at 9:53 AM, May 17, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — The start of a new week saw more Utah teens lining up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

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Children as young as 12 are now eligible to receive vaccinations in Salt Lake County following the CDC's recent recommendation to lower the threshold age for receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

14-year-old Jaide Snow walked into the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Monday to get her first vaccine dose. She said she's getting the vaccine because it's one less thing she'll have to worry about.

"It feels good that I won't have to really stress about getting COVID anymore, because I used to think, like, if I got sick or anything, that I'd have it and I wouldn't like having it, I'd probably be less stressed about getting it anymore," said Snow.

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A 12-year-old Utah boy receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot in Sandy

Those under 18 who are interested in receiving COVID-19 vaccines will need to obtain parental permission.

Vaccinations are being administered in dozens of pharmacies and other clinics around the state. To date, 1,395,253 people in Utah have received at least one COVID-19 inoculation.

No appointment is necessary for the walk-in clinic at Mountain America Expo Center or the drive-thru clinic at Maverik Center. Both clinics are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"I was thrilled as a mom yesterday, to bring my son in for his first vaccination, he is age 15, and I looked at his timeline, he gets his second dose in early June and then after 2 weeks we'll be close to late June, by the time he is protected against COVID-19," said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson.

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