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Will your child get the shot?

Nils Buecheler
Nils Buecheler, 20, an international student at Barry University from Cologne, Germany, prepares to receive a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation center in Jackson Memorial hospital, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Miami. Jackson Health System launched a COVID-19 vaccination initiative with colleges and universities in Miami-Dade County, to allow students to sign up for vaccinations through an online portal. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Protecting your child is extremely important during these stressful times of COVID-19.

Pediatrician lays out case for parents to get children vaccinated.

Vaccinations for young teens could start Thursday.

The Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in teen ages 12 to 15.

A vaccine advisory committee to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is set to meet Wednesday to make recommendations about the vaccine.

Dr. Lisa A. Gwynn, president of the Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, said it could be as early as Thursday when shots could be available to children.

She said by the U.S. lowering the age down to 12, this will now cover 85 percent of the American population.

Parents are now contemplating whether or not to allow their children to get the shot.

She said even though COVID-19 typically doesn’t affect children as harshly as adults, doctors are still concerned that there have been severe illnesses and deaths.

“Gwynn said. “The sooner we can get everybody vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to normalcy.”

The doctor said even though infection rates are falling among adults, COVID-19 cases are up in children by more than 20 percent.

“The benefits far outweigh the risks of the vaccine, “Gwynn said.