Pfizer Vaccine Authorized for 12-15-Year-Olds


Jessica Brenner, Writer

12-15-year-olds in the United States are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and this began on Monday, May 10th, 2021. This vaccine contains two doses, spaced apart by three weeks. If parents quickly find their children available vaccines, they will be fully vaccinated before the summer arrives. 

Although there are many people who agree with the vaccine, some do not agree. In fact, “At the beginning of the survey, 47 percent of adults said they were likely to get the vaccine, and that share increased by only 1 percentage point by the end of the survey, well inside the poll’s 3-point margin of error.” 

These adults are the ones who are making decisions for their children, so if only about half of them agree with getting the vaccine, only their children will be vaccinated as well. 

There are many celebrities who do not agree with vaccines in general. These celebrities range from Jessica Alba to Jim Carrey. They feel as if getting the vaccine is more dangerous than not getting it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and these celebrities are not afraid to share their opinions. 

In accordance with Morning Consult, a global data intelligence company, these celebrities as well as others against the vaccine have not had an impact on civilians. On the contrary, no celebrities have had a real impact on civilians to get the shot, either. People tend to make these decisions for themselves based on their own research, not based on the opinions of celebrities. 

Younger students at Emerson Junior-Senior High School are excited about the fact that they are now eligible for the vaccine. 

  One student says, “I am planning on getting my vaccine the week after my AP exams, because I do not want it to have an impact on my performance on these tests.”

People have received side effects from the vaccine including various aches. These effects range from headaches, muscle pain, chills, fever, tiredness, and nausea. It is reported that more people experienced these effects after their second dose of the vaccine. Some people experience all of these symptoms, some experience a few, and some people even experience none of them. 

The Pfizer vaccine had previously been authorized for people from the ages of 16-64 and now that most of these people have been vaccinated already, people believed it was time to authorize it for children from ages 12 to 15, too. 

Studies are being conducted to see when the vaccine will be authorized for children under the ages of 12, and results show it will not be available to them until at least September of this year. Parents of these children are hopeful that their children will be vaccinated before next school year begins.

First, studies show that children from the ages of 5 to 11 will get authorization, and after this group, ages 2 to 5 will become qualified for the vaccine. Lastly, infants and toddlers will be able to receive the vaccine. 

Many people hope that life will soon go back to normal as soon as a majority of people are vaccinated, and the authorization of these 12 to 15 year olds is definitely helping to speed up this process.