Pfizer vaccine approved for children 5-11; shots available locally

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

Beginning Wednesday, parents who want their children vaccinated against COVID-19 have an avenue to do so. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for children ages 5-11, and vaccines are available nationwide.

This vaccine comes in a smaller dose than the adult vaccines, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is proven to be over 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections.

Local parents have mixed reactions over whether or not they’ll be getting their children vaccinated.

“COVID has had a profound effect on American society and has had a profound effect on me because I lost my grandmother to COVID,” said local parent Rodney Pelt. “With all of my family vaccinated and my young son now able to get vaccinated, we think it is highly important that we stave off this infectious disease.”

Nearly 100 children between 5 and 11 have died and nearly 2 million have been infected with COVID-19 in the U.S. over the course of the pandemic, according to the CDC.

Lamonica Little, who has three children, said she was nervous when it came to making the decision for herself. This time it’s much easier.

“I always think in the back of my head, what if something was to happen and I did not get the vaccine,” she said. “I understand how (people against the vaccine) feel and I respect their decision, but for me and my children, we will definitely be vaccinating.”

Interested in getting a vaccine for yourself or your children? You can find locations and make appointments through vaccines.gov.

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