11/08/2021 By Steph Trendell
Worcester, Mass.—Starting today, Worcester schools are hosting vaccine clinics to promote Covid-19 vaccinations among young children.
Schools continue to be a hotspot for Covid-19 due to the lack of vaccine availability among young kids, which is why getting these pediatric vaccines distributed is so essential. Last week, there were 1,879 cases reported among students and 339 among teachers across Massachusetts.
For those under 18, parents or guardians must sign a consent form to allow the child they are responsible for to get the shot. The clinics are providing flu vaccines as well, which the CDC says are safe to receive at the same time as the Covid vaccine.
Pfizer says the vaccine is 91% effective with no serious side effects. Similar to the adult vaccines, children will receive a second dose three weeks after the first. However, children are receiving approximately a third of the dose that adults receive.
While Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine was just approved and the first doses were only administered last week, the CDC is strongly recommending the vaccine for 5-11-year-olds stating that “widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.”