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Idaho Matters Answers Your Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids

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Seth Wenig
Alejandro Garcia, 16, receives his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J., Monday, April 19, 2021. New Jersey is opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those 16 or older beginning today; only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for teenagers younger than 18. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12-15 (older teens and all adults were previously eligible). And a vaccine advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is meeting Wednesday to make recommendations about how the vaccine should be used.

That means about 87% of people in the U.S. could soon be able eligible to get the vaccine. NPR reports people under 18 account for one of every 5 newly reported coronavirus infections.

Idaho Matters dives into this topic and much more on the latest edition of our medical roundtable. Our guests today:

  • Dr. David Pate: current member of the governor's coronavirus task force
  • Dr. Birgitt Dau: infectious disease expert with Sawtooth Epidemiology
  • Dr. Laura McGeorge: St. Luke’s Health System Medical Director
Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.