Pediatricians get ready to vaccinate teens

TUCSON, Ariz (KGUN) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to expand the number of people eligible for a vaccine to 12 years and above. The decision is expected next week.

President Biden announced today that when it is announced, pharmacies will begin vaccinations.

“We’re ready to move immediately,” Biden said. “Set up immediately to get about 20,000 pharmacy locations across the country ready to vaccinate those adolescents as soon as the FDA allows it to be okay.”

President Biden also said that pediatricians will start receiving vaccines.

“Parents and their children can talk to their doctor about it and get the admission from a provider they trust most – easily, quickly and for free,” said Biden.

Desert Pediatrics in Tucson said they are currently preparing for vaccines.

“Hopefully we can give it along with the other immunizations soon,” said Jessica Lane, a pediatrician and Desert Pediatrics.

Lane said most pediatricians are getting ready to store the Moderna vaccine because most don’t have the equipment needed to store the Pfizer vaccine at the right temperatures.

As more children become eligible for the vaccine, Lane said she has been encouraging families to get the vaccine.

“I’ve reassured families that while these vaccines were being developed quickly, we have a lot of data that they are safe,” Lane said.

Lane says the school will start to look more normal when children are vaccinated.

“The more people are vaccinated, including adolescents, and you know when we get the data younger than the kids, the sooner we can go back to normal life,” Lane said. “The sooner you know that school can take place without masks, all those things.”

She added that side effects right after you get an injection mean the vaccine is working and you shouldn’t have to worry about it.

Lane also said breastfeeding women can safely receive the vaccine.

Diana Wilson, the mother of two boys, is thrilled to have her children vaccinated. Her oldest son is 17 and could get all of his two shots. Her youngest is 14.

“He wants to get back to normal,” Wilson said of her son who wanted to get the vaccine as soon as the FDA expands the age range for the Pfizer vaccine.

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