The City of Lancaster has announced that youth 12 to 15 years may receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The program is in addition to all those currently eligible, after the Food and Drug Administration approved vaccines for teenagers on May 10.

The city hosted a Facebook live event recently where local infectious disease doctors directly addressed vaccination questions for parents. The video is available on the city’s Facebook page: https://fb.watch/5t9EVYlT6y/.

Lancaster is celebrating this most recent eligibility milestone on top of the city’s local vaccination effort success. After advocating and fighting for the city’s fair share of vaccinations, Lancaster has significantly increased its number of vaccinated residents, getting the city even closer to returning to post-pandemic life. As of May 11, more than 37 percent of Lancaster residents have been vaccinated.

“The city and all of our partners have been working tirelessly to get vaccinations to Lancaster and into residents’ arms as quickly as we can,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We are excited to be able to open up vaccine appointments to anyone over the age of 12 so our students will be able to safely return to normal alongside the community. This is another step toward moving forward and putting the pandemic behind us.”

Parris said the program was made possible with help from Kaiser Permanente, High Desert Medical Group, the Antelope Valley Hospital as well as Southland healthcare workers, staff, and volunteers at local vaccination sites.

Residents can easily get vaccinated at the AV Fairgrounds by either making an appointment or stopping by. Walk-ins are welcome and same-day appointments are also available. Make an appointment at https://myturn.ca.gov/. Keep in mind that COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge and do not require proof of citizenship or health insurance. Individuals under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to their appointment.

For more information on COVID-19 resources in the City of Lancaster, including a full list of clinics offering vaccinations, visit CityofLancasterCA.org/Coronavirus.