Pfizer Vaccine approved for 12-15-Year-Olds

Justin Litvak, Staff Writer

   As COVID-19 cases drop and vaccines become more widely available, kids between the ages of 12 and 15 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC and FDA approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for 12-15-year-olds on May 12, 2021. All people within the age group will be administered the same dosage as everyone else 16 and up. According to the FDA website, the reported side effects are minimal but include “pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever, and joint pain.” These side effects are almost identical to the ones that were experienced in individuals 16 years and older. However, in testing, the second dose seemed to have more prominent side effects. In less than one week of being available, 600,000 adolescents were vaccinated and an estimated 4 million in total have been vaccinated as of May 24. Now, the CDC is starting testing on 2-12-year-olds with the Pfizer vaccine in hopes that people of all ages will be able to get vaccinated. 

Stay safe Cats, and make sure to get vaccinated if and when you can.