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Parents urged to get children vaccinated now that Pfizer vaccine approved for kids

Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, many parents may be wondering how to get their children vaccinated.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2021, 2:36 AM

Updated 1,106 days ago

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Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, many parents may be wondering how to get their children vaccinated.
One of the easiest ways would be for parents to make appointments for their children at pharmacies like Rite Aid or CVS. Vaccines will be administered to young teens as long as they are accompanied by a parent.
Some local pharmacies will also offer vaccinations. Medicine Man in Hoboken will be holding a clinic just for kids.
Some parents say that they will definitely get the shot for their kids.
“We are in favor of it. I think the data is there,” says Chris Myrick, of Edison.
Myrick serves two roles in his family. He is the uncle to an 18 and 13-year-old and he is a new father as well. He says that he will likely get his new daughter vaccinated once she is eligible.
“I want to try and give her the opportunity to try and be as safe as possible. And I don’t want any restrictions on her, so I’d definitely be in favor of vaccination,” Myrick says.
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The Department of Health is trying to reassure parents to get started on vaccination, while also reminding them that, while the children may have presented mild symptoms and few deaths from COVID-19, transmission rates are high.
“The Pfizer vaccine is safe,” says state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “It's important for adolescents to get vaccinated because we have seen in rare cases children can get very ill from this virus."
It is not mandated that kids get vaccinated before the start of the school year in September but Gov. Phil Murphy says parents should consider it.
"It's going to be a lot more convenient to be vaccinated and a lot more inconvenient to not be vaccinated,” he says.
In clinical trials of 2,000 children, the Pfizer vaccine revealed a 100% efficacy rate, which should provide confidence to parents still on the fence.


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