Twelve through fifteen-year-olds are now eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Freshmen and sophomores can now get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Children aged 12 through 15 are now eligible to receive both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

This eligibility comes as a result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanding Pfizer’s emergency use authorization, which had previously only allotted vaccines to those 16 and older. Those within the 12-15 age group will receive the same dosage as those 16 and older.

In trials, the vaccine had 100% efficacy for the 12-15 age group. Those in the 16 and older range have only 95% efficacy.

This age group’s eligibility and efficacy, being that they make up nearly 20% of the United State’s population, will inch the country closer to herd immunity. Presently, 34.8% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, but at least 70% of the population will need to be fully inoculated for us to return to a state of normalcy, according to Johns Hopkins. 

The 12-15 age group could also allow more schools to open in the fall and more extracurricular activities to resume. Currently, Prince William County Schools are planning to offer in-person learning five days a week next school year, but this initiative is not yet confirmed, according to Superintendant Steve Walts.

Those who want to receive the vaccine can register at People can also visit the Gander Mountain vaccine clinic near Potomac Mills Mall, which is now accepting walk-ins.