Final authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

I reached out to the Mayor of Danbury, Joe Cavo, and he told me, "We are hopeful that they will approve it for this age group tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12. If so, the earliest could be Thursday for distribution."

The FDA has already declared it safe as of Monday, May 10. During clinical trials conducted in March for the 12 to 15 age group, the Pfizer-BioNTec COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated 100% efficacy and robust antibody response.

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I went in search of the reasons why children should be vaccinated against COVID-19. I found my answer on the website, today.uconn.edu.com, where UConn Health Pediatrician Jody Terranova is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UConn School of Medicine.

Dr. Terranova explained that even though children don't show the severity of symptoms of COVID as adults do, it's the longer-term complications of the virus that can be a major health issue for infected children.

The other major reason why having your child vaccinated is a wise move is herd immunity which stops the community spread of the disease. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has NOT disappeared, but there's an excellent chance normalcy can be achieved by vaccinating all of us.

To find out how and where your 12 to 15 year old can receive the vaccine, click on chc1.com.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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