City of Alexandria Opens Pfizer Vaccination to Ages 12 and Up

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City of Alexandria Opens Pfizer Vaccination to Ages 12 and Up

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2021

The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) and other providers in Alexandria are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to residents ages 12 and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was previously approved for use in those aged 16 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently only available for ages 18 and older.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 12-15 by accepting the recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which met earlier in the day to review safety data for the vaccine in this age group. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization on Monday to include those aged 12-15. Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine, separated by a three-week time period.

Parents and guardians have a variety of options to get their children vaccinated, including student and family vaccination events, existing AHD vaccine clinics, and through various private providers in Alexandria. Minors are not able to consent to immunizations, so a parent or guardian must consent either in advance or at the vaccination site, depending on the provider.

Student and Family Events: AHD is working with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and Alexandria’s private schools to ensure that vaccines are widely available to students. In addition to ongoing family and student educational efforts, AHD is coordinating with ACPS to host vaccine events for both public and private school families. A parent or guardian must provide consent for children aged 12-17 by filling out one of the appointment scheduling links below. If the form is completed by a parent prior to the event, any responsible adult may bring the child to their appointment. Additionally, walk-up appointments will be accepted at the June 5 event, but a parent or guardian must accompany their child to provide consent on site. 

  • Pfizer Vaccine (First Dose, Ages 12+)
    Saturday, May 22
    Hours: 1-3:30 p.m.
    Provider: Alexandria Health Department
    Location: George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
    Schedule Now -- By Appointment Only

AHD Vaccine Clinics: Parents and guardians can also find vaccines for ages 12 and up at other AHD events. Visit to find appointments and walk-in opportunities. 

Additional Providers: Some pediatric practices in Alexandria are working with AHD to administer vaccines for adolescents ages 12 and older. Please contact these providers directly to get your child vaccinated. Additional providers such as pharmacies can be found at

  • Provider: Van Dorn Pediatrics
    Location: 2500 N. Van Dorn St., # 102, Alexandria, VA 22302
    Contact: 703.933.0555

  • Provider: Hispanic American Pediatric Associates
    Location: 5130 Duke St., Suite 7, Alexandria, VA 22304
    Contact: 703.751.2021

AHD recommends that everyone ages 12 and over receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective and free. Get vaccinated to protect our families, schools and the community from COVID-19. No pre-registration, ID or insurance is required.

Visit to learn more and find a vaccine today.

For support finding a vaccine, contact the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 703.746.4988.

For media inquiries only, contact Natalie Talis, Population Health Manager, at and 703.746.4914.

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