COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Olds

Younger children are now allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Jennifer Pereyra, Reporter

Ever since COVID-19 vaccines started to surface around Nov of last year, and distributed 14 million doses out of a total of 20 million allocated doses by Dec 30, 2020. An estimated amount of 117 million people are fully vaccinated as of May 2021. Having 35.5% of the US population vaccinated, things are beginning to look up. 

Recently, CDC has recommended children between the ages 12 to 15  use the Pfizer Covid vaccine. Targeting this age group is seen as a key way to reopen middle and high school’s fully across the U.S. by this fall. In order to continue moving forward and slowly taking small but effective steps, everyone must do their part.

Making sure that more and more people and children receive the vaccine is fairly tricky. Theorist groups, anti vaxxers, and indecisive people who either don’t believe in the vaccine or have focused more on the bad then the good, have pushed themselves away. President Joe Biden has been coming out with ways to make sure everyone receives the vaccination with no excuses. Uber and Lyft, two of the largest ride-sharing services, would provide free rides to vaccination sites beginning May 24th to July 4th. 

The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be both safe and effective so far, those who have received it have experienced side effects such as chills, fevers, headaches, nausea, and tiredness which are all normal and tend to happen mainly after the second dose. According to the CDC, it usually takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.

Visit your local clinic or pharmacy to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, help make an ever lasting difference for your health and others.