Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12

Most COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out worldwide are for adults, who are at higher risk from the coronavirus.

Associated Press

Mar 31, 2021, 2:11 PM

Updated 1,180 days ago

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Pfizer announced Wednesday that its clinical trials show the COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in preventing infection in kids 12 to 15.
Some parents and students who spoke with News 12 spoke think that if the FDA determines it's safe for children ages 12 to 15 to get vaccinated, then they should get shots before returning to school.
There are also a lot of adults who say they're not even comfortable getting vaccinated, so they don't think their kids should be forced to get it.
Some say it's a private choice, while others cite religious reasons.
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News 12 has also heard many people say they're worried the vaccines aren't safe, so we spoke to Dr. Sheila Nolan, the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital about it.
"There's been 150 million doses of this vaccine you know, given to adults throughout the country and this data clearly supports that it's going to be just as safe," says Nolan. "I have a child that's turning 12 so, I'll sign her up as quick as I can."
News 12 has spoken to a number of school districts about this, and they say only the state can mandate vaccines for students, not the individual school districts.


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