Starting Thursday, children ages 12 to 15 can be scheduled to receive their Pfizer vaccine.
It comes hours after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in adolescents.
CVS is already planning for kids, and WAAY spoke to a doctor about why it’s an important decision to think about.
A Huntsville pediatrician, Dr. Angelique Andrews, told us that younger children getting this vaccine is good because it can slow the spread in your household if parents and adolescents are both vaccinated.
“High school students are very social. Whether it’s between girlfriends and boyfriends, whether it’s between sports, they are meant to be social. This is the most social time of your life,” said Andrews, Chief Medical Officer at Happi Health.
The CDC says there were no serious side effects in clinical trials within this age group, and parents should have nothing to fear.
“It’s the same vaccine, so it’s been well studied because many of us have been given it and millions of doses have been given,” Andrews said.
Studies show that virtually anyone who receives the COVID vaccine will have pain or pain at the injection site and possibly some body aches, but any side effects usually go away within 2 days.
Andrews says if you want your child to be vaccinated, know it may not be at the doctor’s.
“Since it’s the Pfizer vaccine that got approved first, I think most parents should understand that a lot of the pediatric wards won’t have them. It will be places like Huntsville Hospital because of the cooling factor, not other reasons.” Andrews said.
Andrews also says there is no difference in this vaccine than what anyone else is getting.