More than 43,000 Washington kids 12-15 have had COVID vaccine shot

More than 43,000 Washington kids 12-15 have had COVID vaccine shot
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SPOKANE, Wash – Since becoming eligible last week, more than 43,000 Washington kids between the ages of 12 and 15 have had at least one COVID-19 shot.

That represents 11.5 percent of that age group, according to the Washington Department of Health.

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The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for that age group right now.

While researchers and public health leaders say the vaccine is safe for kids in this group, some families are waiting to get their kids vaccinated because of the belief that kids don’t get that sick from COVID and transmit the virus at a lower rate.

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Dr. Radha Nandagopal is a pediatrician at Providence in Spokane. She says the vaccine has gone through “incredibly rigorous safety testing” and parents don’t need to be concerned.

Dr. Nandagopal says kids should be vaccinated “specifically to reduce transmission to much more vulnerable groups and get us all back to normal and back to a pre-pandemic world that we’re all hoping to get to.”

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