Pfizer vaccinations begin for children 12-15 across Metro Detroit

DETROIT – The first shots started to become weapons for children as young as 12 years old all over Metro Detroit.

It came less than 24 hours after the Pzifer vaccine was approved for the younger age group.

READ: New milestone reached in the fight against COVID as Pfizer vaccinations begin for ages 12-15

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 and older on Wednesday. The panel vote was unanimous.

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Thursday was a big day for the Bailey sisters. They both decided to get the vaccine from the Northwest Activities Center. Like a proud mother, Natasha Bailey was there for both of them.

“I’m happy. I’m glad they agreed because I did ask them first to see what they thought about it. At first they said, ‘No, Mom, I’m scared’,” said Natasha Bailey .

But 13-year-old Tiffany Bailey knew at the end of the day she had to do it.

“I feel good. I am proud of myself. I know it was the best for me and it was safer,” said Tiffany Bailey.

Natasha Bailey said she had a lot of motivation in her decision. Her mother was also vaccinated, but she did this for her father.

‘I looked at a picture of me and my dad. It motivated me to get through my shot, ”said Natasha Bailey. “My husband died of pancreatic cancer on February 24 this year,” said Natasha Bailey.

Tiffany Bailey wasn’t the only one to get the shot.

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Koby Rauner, 14, also received the vaccine at the Beaumont Service Center in Southfield.

“The more we are vaccinated, the safer it will be for everyone. I just feel like if a child gets it, it will affect more teens to have it, ”said Koby Rauner.

Rauner said, like many, he was initially hesitant, but he wanted to do the right thing.

“COVID has changed all of our lives, especially for the worse,” said Rauner. “We have been isolated in our homes. If the vaccine is a way to help it, so I feel like if we all get vaccinated and people stop believing the lies, then it all gets better. “

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