Teen Day drop-In vaccine clinic at Reser Stadium May 20, County to vaccinate people ages 12-15

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Benton County, Samaritan Health Services and Oregon State University are partnering to host a Teen Day COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, May 20, from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The clinic will administer first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. No appointment is necessary, and no identification is needed to be vaccinated. Individuals do not have to be permanent Oregon residents.

With the recent approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and Oregon Health Authority, Benton County is now able to vaccinate children ages 12-15. While the upcoming Teen Day event at Reser is targeted to teens, anyone who is eligible for vaccination is welcome.

Minors who are 15 years of age or older are allowed to consent to medical services without parental consent in Oregon. This includes vaccinations. Children ages 12-14 must have the approval of their parent or guardian in order to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. A parent or guardian does not need to be present during the vaccination if a written approval form is given. The Benton County/Samaritan Health Systems minor consent form is available at vaccine clinics and on the Benton County COVID-19 vaccine website (English) (Spanish).

Individuals vaccinated at this clinic will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of several prizes including gift cards, a chromebook and airpods. The clinic will also feature a graffiti wall for teens to share their COVID-19 related experiences, motivations for vaccination, and things they look forward to getting back to post-vaccination. “Our hope is to create a sense of community, fun, and hope for the future,” said April Holland, deputy director of public health. “A lot of young people have been looking forward to being eligible for vaccination for what feels like a long time. Protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19 will provide youth relief and an increased sense of normalcy, which we all need.”