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What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine for 12+

In May 2021, the FDA authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age allowing Oklahomans to be one step closer to returning to a sense of normalcy so we can take off our masks, get together with friends and family safely and even go on vacation. We recognize that families are being tasked with making a monumental decision and have many unanswered questions about safety of the vaccine, what to expect afterwards and where to go to access those vaccines. 


Mary Clarke, M.D. president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, answers some common questions about the vaccine, teens and pre-teens submitted by Oklahoma parents. Click the video below to watch.

About Mary Clarke, M.D.

A native Oklahoman, Mary Clarke, M.D., earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, before attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. Dr. Clarke completed her Family Medicine residency in Wisconsin, where she was named Chief Resident and Outstanding Senior. She then practiced in the Dallas area for four years before returning to Oklahoma in 2008 to establish her medical practice in Stillwater. 


Previous to her selection as the fourth female president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Dr. Clarke served as speaker of the House of Delegates, vice-president and president-elect of the organization. Dr. Clarke is also an active member of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians and an avid Oklahoma State Cowboys fan. 

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