CDC panel votes to recommend vaccine for children

An independent panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Wednesday to recommend the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.
2:16 | 05/12/21

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Transcript for CDC panel votes to recommend vaccine for children
Back here at home tonight and to the coronavirus here in the U.S. Late today, the head of the CDC giving the final green light now for the pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. And ABC's Marcus Moore tonight on what parents need to know. You're about to get your first vaccine! Reporter: Tonight, with the formal green light from the CDC, 12 to 15-year-olds across the country are already rolling up their sleeves to get the pfizer vaccine. 14-year-old twins Christopher and Caitlin hunt among the first in Houston. For them personally is a great, great thing but it's bigger than just them. This is one thing we can do, you know, to move past it, to beat it, to move on. Reporter: How was it? It was a lot better than I thought it would be. I thought it would hurt, but it was not -- it didn't hurt at all. I think honestly, the benefits outweigh the side effects. Take the shot, doesn't hurt. Reporter: That CDC panel today unanimously recommending the pfizer vaccine for 17 million adolescents. The motion passes. Reporter: Arguing vaccination is critical for children and the country to get back to normal life. The pfizer vaccine was found to be 100% effective in adolescents with no safety concerns. This honestly is about as close to a perfect vaccine as one could have. I can't think of another vaccine we have in our armamentarium that, in our fight against these infections, that's frankly as good as this one. Reporter: But many parents will need to be convinced. A recent poll shows more than half want to wait or don't plan to get their kids vaccinated. Concerned there's not going to be enough studies done and I don't want to put my kids through that. We want to late until the last minute. Side effects other than the one we've seen come up. You never know. Reporter: Late today, president Biden today urging parents and their children to get vaccinated. Talk to someone you trust. Your physician, your pharmacist, your next door neighbor who T the shot. Talk to your faith leaders. Look at the folks in your community who have gotten vaccinated and are getting back to living their lives. Reporter: David, it varies by state, but parents will be able to get vaccinations for their kids at mobile clinics, schools, doctors offices and pharmacies. Tomorrow, Walgreens will begin offering vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds along with CVS at 5,600 locations around the country. David? All right, moving forward with adolescents in this country coming next. Marcus, thank you.

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