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Where 12 to 15-year-olds can get vaccinated in SWFL today

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just gave the Pfizer vaccine the final go-ahead to drop the minimum age of who can get the shot.

Kids under 17-years-old make up a big portion of recent coronavirus cases, according to the CDC. So, this is a major milestone in the fight to end the pandemic.

The CDC’s recommendation comes just days after the FDA also recommended lowering the age in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Vaccinating in this age group is critical in helping the country reach herd immunity, medical experts said.

Over the last two months, the CDC has noticed an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations among 12 to 17 year olds.

Nearly 4 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children.

Pfizer’s clinical trial showed the virus had 100 percent effectiveness in more than 2,000 12 to 15-year-olds. Study participants said they experienced sore arms, fatigue, headaches, and chills after getting their dose.

Walk-in and scheduled vaccine appointments for 12 to 15-year-olds are available now at Walgreens and CVS locations across Southwest Florida. Anyone under the age of 18 must be with a parent or legal guardian to get their shot.

CLICK HERE to learn everything you need to know about getting a vaccine appointment in Southwest Florida.

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