CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and older

Michigan

UPDATE (11:13): In Mid-Michigan, CVS, Sparrow Hospital and the Ingham County Health Department will start vaccinations tomorrow morning.

Health officer for the ICHD, Linda Vail, says they will start vaccinations at 8:30 a.m.

Those ages 12-15 will need an adult present with them when they get the shot. Parents/guardians can schedule an appointment for the child online, but there are also walk-in/drive-up clinics, such as the MSU Pavilion. The Pavilion is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The vaccine will be available for that age group at the same vaccination sites that are set up currently.

ORIGINAL:

WASHINGTON DC (WLNS) – The Center for Disease Control has approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 and older.

“Today, I adopted CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12- through 15-year-old adolescents,” said the CDC in a press release.

“CDC now recommends that this vaccine be used among this population, and providers may begin vaccinating them right away.”

While children who contract COVID-19 usually experience mild-to-no symptoms, a few rare cases have resulted in death or extreme side effects.

Several states, such as North Carolina, have already been giving children 12 and older the vaccine.

“For vaccination to do its job, we must do our critical part. That means vaccinating as many people as possible who are eligible. This official CDC action opens vaccination to approximately 17 million adolescents in the United States and strengthens our nation’s efforts to protect even more people from the effects of COVID-19,” said the CDC in a press release.

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