States jump the gun on vaccinating young teens ahead of CDC decision

Georgia, Delaware, Arkansas and Pennsylvania have begun to offer COVID-19 vaccines to kids ages 12 to 15, ahead of the official recommendation from the CDC advisory panel expected on Wednesday.
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Transcript for States jump the gun on vaccinating young teens ahead of CDC decision
Now to the coronavirus emergency. A CDC advisory panel is set to meet this morning to discuss recommending the pfizer vaccine be given to 12 to 15-yr-olds. They would then join the 153 million Americans who have received at least one dose, that's 58% of all adults in this country. Steve osunsami joins us now from Atlanta. One of the states not waiting for the CDC's recommendation. Good morning to you, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, Amy. The fda has already allowed states to use this vaccine on children ages 12 to 15 so states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, they're not waiting for the CDC's guidelines. They're already starting to vaccinate these children, and at sites like this one behind me in downtown Atlanta you don't even need an appointment. A CDC advisory panel today is expected to join in the opinion that teenagers ages 12 to 15 should be able to get a vaccine for covid-19. Another question on their list, if it's okay for children to get this vaccine, at the same time they get other vaccines for other diseases like meningitis or th measles. Dr. Yvonne Maldonado is on today's panel. For children who are not caught up with their regular vaccines this could provide an obstacle for full vaccinations. The idea will be to see if we can remove the barrier to multiple vaccinations when they are appropriate. Reporter: Most states are waiting for the CDC's recommendations before they start putting shots in the arms of teenagers. But a number of states started vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds right after the fda said it was safe to do so on Monday. In Pennsylvania, 15-year-old D.J. Ballinger was one of the first in line. I was ecstatic as soon as I heard it, I had D.J. Over there probably within an hour. Reporter: In Georgia they started giving the shots to these children after the state health department gave its blessing. I was for having a little bit more freedom to do stuff. Reporter: Walgreens will offer shots to them at their pharmacies and the company says it's working with more than 1,000 school districts across the country offering vaccinations for schoolchildren in their stores and clinics. The rollout for kids will be exactly like we have done for adults. Reporter: It's not clear if there will be enough rolled out for kids across the country who are hoping to go to summer camp but authorizes do say that they plan to have enough shots in arms to make it much easier for kids planning to, of course, go back to school in the fall. We should point out that the issue of consent for vaccinating these kids vary, right, from state to state? Reporter: It does. In Maine, for example, a parent doesn't even have to be there for -- with the child when the child gets vaccinated so laws are different in different places. All right, worth checking it out whatever state you're in. Michael.

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