Local, national health experts push for teens to get COVID-19 vaccine

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 7:13 PM CDT
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MINOT, N.D. – The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that they want more teens to get vaccinated.

Some teens in Minot said they plan to get the vaccine so they can travel freely this summer.

“We are going traveling soon and it will be better if we had the vaccine,” said Minot teen Kylee Letvin.

The CDC said that although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can still be infected, get sick from, and spread the virus.

“When adolescents get sick it tends to be severe. So we want to get those teens vaccinated and protected against COVID,” said FDHU Immunization Coordinator Lacey McNichols.

Since the eligibility for the vaccine increased to include teens, McNichols said many in Ward County have been vaccinated or say they want to this summer.

“I think it will help protect against getting COVID,” said Madison Samuelson, another Minot teen.

According to the CDC, they have received increased reports of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults after the vaccine.

“They are aware of it, they are going to continue to study it. They don’t know if it’s related to the vaccine administration at this time. They have just been alerted to it so they will keep an eye on it, but the ACIP says that adolescents 12 and over should get the COVID vaccine,” said McNichols.

To make an appointment to get the vaccine, reach out to the First District Health Unit or your health provider.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for children 12 years and older.

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