What it could mean for St. Louis area schools if FDA approves vaccine for 12-15 year olds

ST. LOUIS – Parents and school administrators will likely calm down soon when it comes to getting teenagers vaccinated against Covid-19. CNN reports that the FDA will approve the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds by early next week. What does this mean for schools in the St. Louis area?

If students can be vaccinated by the fall, it could lead to more normal gatherings and allow administrators to plan ahead further into the academic year.

“Our goal is, and we tell our public this, that we get back to normal, or we want to say that at Parkway we really want to be personal and definitely have relationships that the students definitely can talk to me, but we’ll be a little careful, ”said Parkway School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Marty.

Pfizer said its studies of 2,260 12- to 15-year-olds showed that the vaccine was 100% effective and well tolerated.

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The vaccine is currently approved for use in emergencies in people aged 16 and over.

“What they found was that they had 18 cases of COVID in the arms who were given a placebo so they didn’t get the vaccine and didn’t have any cases in the group that was vaccinated,” said Dr. Rachel Charney, medical director of emergency preparedness at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital said.

Approving more vaccines for children is a big step in fighting variants of the coronavirus, according to Charney.

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“Vaccinating children reduces the risk of these variants spreading and developing in our community,” said Charney. “It’s a pretty big thing that matters to all of us. These variations could have a greater impact on children. “

Charney said she believed we would always deal with COVID at some level and that a vaccine would become part of our lives, much like a flu shot every year.

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