Covid Vaccine Authorized For Younger Teens


Kerianne O'Gara, Staff Writer

The Covid-19 pandemic is an event in history that has changed all of our lives since it began, back in early 2020.

Scientists rushed to create a vaccine as soon as possible, but people feared that it would take years. However, through countless hours and a lot of research, several vaccines were made and tested, and by the end of the year distribution of some of these vaccines began.

Originally only people 16 and older could get the shot, but as of Monday, May 10, the Covid vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech was announced to be safe and effective for adolescents ages 12 to 15. This could mean that younger teens can qualify for the shots as early as Thursday, May 13.

According to President Joe Biden, 20,000 pharmacies are prepared to begin vaccinating these teens as soon as the necessary approvals come through. Nevertheless, there are still some boundaries limiting who will be able to get the vaccine, even if it is approved for ages 12 to 15.

Each state might have its own rules in regulations for who can receive the vaccine, so it may not be available in every pharmacy or vaccination site. It is still a major improvement though and most places will probably be capable of administering it to adolescents.

Many parents are thrilled at the idea of getting their younger children vaccinated. While complete protection from Covid-19 isn’t guaranteed, they can rest easier knowing their kids are better protected, and feel safer allowing them to resume their normal activities.