Mass. Poll: Parents, will get your 12- to 15-year-old vaccinated?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15.

Pfizer insists its vaccine is 100 percent effective for kids in the aforementioned age group, according to The Boston Globe.

“This is a watershed moment in our ability to fight back the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice president and a pediatrician, told The Associated Press.

Parents, will get your 12- to 15-year-old vaccinated?

In a recent Suffolk University / Globe poll, over 53 percent of Massachusetts residents said they would vaccinate their children while 35 percent said they would not. About 11 percent weren’t sure.

According to federal data, Massachusetts is the most vaccine-friendly state in the country so it’s no surprise over half of the parents there plan to have their 12- to 15-year-old year olds vaccinated. However, based on the poll data from The Bay State, we can safely assume more than half of parents in most states are reluctant to have their kids vaccinated.

For reasons still unknown, children and teens who catch COVID-19 are usually far less impacted than adults. However, there have been rare cases where children have died or gotten very sick from the virus. Most vulnerable, of course, are those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and obesity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that children age 11 to 17 accounted for about 1.5 million COVID-19 cases between March 1 and April 30 of this year, per The Boston Globe.

Parents, will get your 12- to 15-year-old vaccinated?

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