San Antonio -According to metropolitan health officials, in Bexar County, nearly 300 people of “unknown age” have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Dr. Anita Kurian, assistant director of subway health, confirmed the news at the city’s coronavirus briefing this Thursday. The state announced that a total of 278 people had received the vaccination, but did not disclose the age to health officials at the time of vaccination.
Dr. Kurian added that there may be some “unknown age”
Dr. Kurian said in the briefing: “This is very likely… We have seen providers vaccinate people under 16 years of age.”
According to health officials, those receiving Pfizer vaccines must be 16 years of age or older. Those who receive the Moderna vaccine must be over 18 years old.
When registering for a vaccine appointment, people are always asked to enter their date of birth to verify age. However, Dr. Kurian said, at least at the Alamodome vaccination site, this is not necessary. She said people can still register even if they do not disclose their age.
Dr. Kurian said: “We did do our best to screen the missing variables and age standards on the spot, but sometimes, despite the screening measures, people may still miss it.”
Although the current authorizations for Moderna and Pfizer vaccines do not apply to people under the age of 16, Dr. Kurian said that if these authorizations are violated, they will still be reported to the CDC.
Dr. Kurian said: “If the vaccine exceeds the emergency use authorization requirements, we will indeed report… directly to the CDC.”
As of Thursday, Metro Health reported that 524,642 residents had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 294,158 residents have now been vaccinated.
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