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Adolescents and the Pfizer Vaccine

We met a 12, 13, and 15 year old Today who all got vaccinated at Conemaugh East Hills.

This was the first of many clinics they’ll be holding every Wednesday that people in that age group can attend.

Wednesday Afternoon 13-year-old Kaci Noon and 12-year-old Brenna Beckman got their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

“It feels really good to be a part of history, helping us take put foot in front of the other to get back to before COVID happening.”

“There are other people in this community, it’s not just yourself. I think it’s really important to try and help everyone out.”

On May 10th the FDA expanded the emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine to include adolescents 12 to 15 years old.

Brenna said she had covid and is now doing her part to break the cycle.

“It just really wore me down. I just don’t want anyone who is at a higher risk to get it.”

Dr. Travis Rearick with Conemaugh East Hills said side effects like fevers, chills, body aches, and fatigue are all normal and even expected.

“It’s a sign that your immune system has been sparked. The vaccine is somewhat of a shortcut for your body to end up with an antibody, short of getting COVID itself.”

One parent says she felt relief protecting her daughter after losing a family member to covid but understands the hesitancy.

“I think it’s completely understandable to be nervous. This is a new vaccine. From my standpoint, we trust the research, we trust the medical professionals, we’ve taken the guidance, we’ve looked at the research, and we made our
decision based on that.”

While the FDA says children and adolescents generally have a milder case of covid than adults they say

From March 1, 2020, through April 30, 2021 approximately 1.5 million COVID-19 cases in individuals 11 to 17 years of age have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention .

These adolescents say they want to be left out of that statistic.

“As soon as it opened to 12-to-15-year old’s, I knew I wanted to get it. It’s a way to keep me safe and others safe.”

“I hope we can get even some of the younger kids vaccinated, we can get schools back to normal, and not disrupt their learning anymore.”

Not disrupting their learning in the hopes of having a normal school year with help from the vaccine.

Dr. Rearick reminded that you can always talk to your child’s doctor with concerns about the vaccine.

To register your 12- to 15-year-old for a vaccine through Conemaugh call the number at the bottom of your screen.

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