Children as young as 12 will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine at Saturday’s Texas Blueberry Festival after state officials confirmed this week that 2,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine are on the way to Nacogdoches.
The Pfizer doses were expected to arrive Friday afternoon, said Nacogdoches Fire Chief Keith Kiplinger, who is in charge or coordinating mass shot clinics.
Children receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by an adult to sign consent forms.
Vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will also be available at the clinic. Both those are approved only for adults. Moderna’s vaccine is a two-shot regimen, while Johnson & Johnson is a single dose.
Pfizer’s vaccine has been in short supply in Nacogdoches County despite the fire department purchasing an ultra-cold storage freezer meant to hold vials of vaccine at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Nacogdoches ISD has hosted two shot clinics using the vaccine.
Moderna is currently seeking approval for use of its vaccine in adolescents.