Transcript for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine authorized for children ages 12-15
side with a look at the latest coronavirus case numbers from Johns Hopkins university. We're right at the edge of 159 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world. Here at home that death toll now surpassing 582,000. As the CDC reports well over 150 million Americans are now fully vaccinated. All right, big news, right, fda got the a-okay the use of the pfizer vaccines in 12 to 15-year-olds. Shots aren't going into arms just yet. Where are we? Hopefully by the end of the week. Big news yesterday when the fda granted emergency use authorization to the pfizer vaccine in the 12 to 15-year-old age group. Let's look at what they found in the clinical trials, excellent efficacy surpassing what we've seen in adults. 100% effective in preventing covid-19. They had no serious safety signals and serious side effects we've been seeing in adults. People should expect those. Same dose in this age group that's given to the adults and it's a series of two injections. Pretty much the same protocol. Already online scheduling my 15-year-old's vaccination. What do we know about how other parents are in terms of how likely they'll be get to get those younger children vaccinated? Parents are falling out roughly in thirds. A third very eager and anxious to get their children vaccinated. A third want to wait and see. Maybe take some time. Look at the side effects more in kids than adults. Again, the clock is ticking. Then, a third saying they are not planning to vaccinate. It's important to remember that while the risk of clinical disease, covid-19 in this population, this age group, is low, the risk of death is low, it's not zero, the real risk is that post-covid syndrome, which is unknown at this point. Effects on the brain, heart and long term down the road, and again, society getting back to some degree of normalcy, it will be very important to immunize this age group. All right, well, I'll be in that top 30%. We turn now to ABC's Kyra
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