Onalaska Omni Center COVID-19 vaccine clinic open to 12-15-year-olds

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — COVID-19 vaccine appointments for 12 to 15-year-olds will be available Saturday at the Omni Center in Onalaska from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the La Crosse County Health Department.

The clinic will be among the first to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children as young as 12 in La Crosse County, following a new recommendation by a federal vaccine advisory committee. To schedule an appointment or receive more information on Saturday’s clinic at the Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Road, Onalaska, call 608-785-6240, or email 

The clinic is being organized by the Vang Council of La Crosse, with support from the La Crosse County Health Department and other local organizations. Alternatively, parents of 12 to 15-year-olds can schedule appointments at the Community Based Vaccine Site at UW-La Crosse by signing up at vaccinate.wi.gov. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in 12 to 15-yearolds on Monday, saying it was safe and effective.

“The more people we get vaccinated, the closer we get to a return to normal life, “said Jacquie Cutts, Public Health Nursing Manager. “Approval of the vaccine for ages 12 to 15 is welcome news and will help us get closer to that goal.”

Appointments are strongly preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted while vaccine is available. Parents or guardians must be present for those under age 18.

More local information on COVID-19 and vaccines is available at lacrossecounty.org/covid19