Flint pediatrician recommends COVID-19 vaccine for children before school

FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) — School will resume for some districts in a few weeks.

Doctors are urging teens and young adults to get their COVID-19 vaccine well before going back to the classroom. But time is of the essence for students to achieve full vaccination by the first day of school.

The most recent state data shows that fewer than 1 in 3 children between the ages of 12 and 15 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Flint pediatrician Dr. Faisal Mawri wants people to remember that once they get their first dose, it will take about a month to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Mawri wants teens and young adults to get their COVID-19 vaccine early so that a normal school year can run smoothly. It seems that many are already following.

“We are seeing an increasing number of teens coming for their Pfizer COVID vaccine. In fact, we do it twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” Mawri said.

He sees between 30 and 40 young adults coming in on those days to be vaccinated. When the Pfizer vaccine was approved for emergency use for teens in May, Mawri saw only 10 to 15 young adults on those days.

“I think the vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective,” he said. “It’s practically done in Europe and around the world.”

Mawri said motivation for teens to get vaccinated varies.

“Actually, it’s a mixed feeling,” he said. “Some are enthusiastic. Some of them just do it because they really want to travel, and they want to go outside the United States, and they want to visit different states, and they want to be with their other loved ones. They want to be with their grandparents. That’s why they want to protect them.”

Click here for information on where to find COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Mid-Michigan.

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