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Pfizer Vaccine Available for Ages 12 and Up

By Alondra Rosas Ornelas | Latinx Flint Media

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Photo of the Pfizer vaccine. Credit: Frank Augstein, Getty Images. 

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FLINT, MI- On May 10th, 2021, the FDA authorized the use of Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years of age and older. According to the FDA, there have been 1.5 million cases of COVID-19 in children 11-17 years of age reported to the CDC. Children with COVID-19 tend to have mild or no symptoms. There are cases where children do get severely ill and require hospitalization. Children must be accompanied by a parents or legal guardian when receiving the vaccine. 

“It’s great news to have a safe and effective vaccine available to protect younger Michiganders as we work to eliminate COVID-19 once and for all,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “We are incredibly proud that the Pfizer vaccine, which is now approved to protect our children, is manufactured right here in Michigan. As a parent, I encourage all parents with children in this group to have a conversation with your family doctor about the vaccine as soon as possible.”

The FDA has determined that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh known and potential risks, supporting the vaccine’s use in this population. The available safety data to support the emergency use authorization in adolescents down to 12 years of age, include 2,260 participants ages 12 through 15 years old enrolled in an ongoing randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in the United States. A total of 1,131 adolescent participants received the vaccine and 1,129 received a saline placebo. More than half of the participants were followed for safety for at least two months following the second dose with no significant adverse effects.

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Tips for vaccinating your children: 

  • Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
  • Comfort your child during the appointment.
  • To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
  • After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.

It is normal for your children to get swelling, pain and redness on the arm that received the shot. Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea are also common symptoms that could be experienced throughout the body. 

Click on the think below to schedule your children’s vaccine appointment: 

https://www.gchd.us/vaccinescheduler/

For more information, please visit: 

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-emergency-use

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html

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