CDC greenlights Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15

An independent panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend the vaccine for young teens, expanding eligibility to another 17 million Americans.
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Transcript for CDC greenlights Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15
Now to the race to vaccinate, the CDC giving the official green light for children as young as 12 to get pfizer's covid shot. Whit Johnson is at a Walgreens in Boston with the 14-year-old who is rolling up her sleeve for her frst shot. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Robin, good morning to you. We're going to bring her in in just a moment after I lay out the latest. President Biden calling this a major step in the fight against the pandemic, expanding eligibility to another 17 million people. The CDC now recommending the pfizer vaccine for those 12 to 15 years old. Now, some states started administering shots earlier in the week when the fda gave authorization for emergency use, but today is the day that most states really ramp up their efforts. Now, the pfizer vaccine in clinical trials was 100% effective in this age group. There were some side effects, very similar to what we saw in older teenagers and young adults we're talking about body aches, headaches, soreness at the injection site in the arm, things like that that didn't last very long. But there are no reports in the trial group of any severe allergic reaction and no major safety concerns. So here we are again today is that day and we are inside a Walgreens and joining us now is 14-year-old Julia ban. She is here going to get her shot on national television. You're very brave for doing this and, Kayla, the pharmacist here will prep her and get her ready to go. Julia, your dad is the chief medical officer for Walgreens so obviously he believes in the vaccine. But this was really you tell me your decision. Why was it so important for you to get the vaccine and why do you think other teens should do the same thing? We've been in this pandemic so long and I can tell you we're all sick and tired of it and I'm sure a bunch of teens agree with me that we all want to get back to our normal lives and I think this is the biggest step. You have an older brother who is a couple years older, already got the vaccine. He got his first. He will get his second soong. Are you nervous? A little nervous but I'm So Julia tells me she doesn't love getting shots so here she is, she's going to do it for all of us. Kayla is going to get everything ready to go and wanted to look this this direction, so I'm happy to distract you over here while it all goes down and this is that moment. And that was it. You didn't even flinch. Nope. Julia, thank you so much. We do appreciate your souvenir, the band-aid, Kayla, great job. Thank you so much. We're at Walgreens right now. Walgreens and a lot of other pharmacies across the country are allowing appointments today. Walk-ins are also available and one reminder for parents too.- if you do want your child to get vaccinated you do have to in most cases come in person to give permission and they'll have a form for you to fill out, guys. She didn't flinch but I got to say, I did. Mine getting hers in 45 minutes same place, same way.

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