At this time, I adopted CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) advice that endorsed the protection and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12- via 15-year-old adolescents. CDC now recommends that this vaccine be used amongst this inhabitants, and suppliers could start vaccinating them straight away.
Although most kids with COVID-19 have delicate or no signs, some youngsters can get severely in poor health and require hospitalization. There have additionally been uncommon, tragic circumstances of youngsters dying from COVID-19 and its results, together with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in youngsters, or MIS-C.
This official CDC advice follows Monday’s FDA resolution to authorize emergency use of this vaccine in 12- via 15-year-old adolescentsexterior icon, and is one other necessary step to getting out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearer to normalcy.
For vaccination to do its job, we should do our essential half. Which means vaccinating as many individuals as attainable who’re eligible. This official CDC motion opens vaccination to roughly 17 million adolescents in the US and strengthens our nation’s efforts to guard much more individuals from the results of COVID-19. Getting adolescents vaccinated means their quicker return to social actions and may present dad and mom and caregivers peace of thoughts understanding their household is protected.
Some dad and mom have already made plans for his or her adolescents to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Understandably, some dad and mom need extra info earlier than their youngsters obtain a vaccine. I encourage dad and mom with questions to speak to your youngster’s healthcare supplier or your loved ones physician to study extra in regards to the vaccine. And in case your adolescent is behind on routinely really useful vaccines because of the pandemic or for different causes, now could be a superb time to work together with your youngster’s nurse or physician to ensure they get caught up.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is quicker and extra handy than ever. About 9 out of 10 Individuals dwell inside 5 miles of a COVID-19 vaccination website. Within the coming weeks, two fashionable ride-sharing companies will provide free rides to vaccination appointments till July 4. To seek out the location closest to you, go to vaccines.gov; textual content your ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX); or name 1-800-232-0233.