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Some teens now eligible for vaccine: What to know

Monday’s expanded eligibility means families are having important conversations right now because some teenagers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 16- and 17-year-olds, not Moderna or Johnson and Johnson. Mass vaccination sites like the Reggie Lewis Center, the Hynes Convention Center and the Danvers Doubletree are 16 and older. Gillette Stadium is not. “It’s relief for the people around you and it’s also relief for everyone in my house,” said Christine Giglio, who was able to secure for appointments for both her husband and her 16-year-old daughter. Nationwide, more than 900,000 teens in that age group have now gotten their first dose, and close to 200,000 have received both shots. Doctors say they have not heard of any issues among teenagers who have gotten vaccinated. But they have seen significant issues in teens who get even a mild case of COVID-19. Doctors say parents should be comforted that so many teens have already gotten their shots — with no safety issues reported.

Monday’s expanded eligibility means families are having important conversations right now because some teenagers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 16- and 17-year-olds, not Moderna or Johnson and Johnson.

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Mass vaccination sites like the Reggie Lewis Center, the Hynes Convention Center and the Danvers Doubletree are 16 and older. Gillette Stadium is not.

“It’s relief for the people around you and it’s also relief for everyone in my house,” said Christine Giglio, who was able to secure for appointments for both her husband and her 16-year-old daughter.

Nationwide, more than 900,000 teens in that age group have now gotten their first dose, and close to 200,000 have received both shots.

Doctors say they have not heard of any issues among teenagers who have gotten vaccinated.

But they have seen significant issues in teens who get even a mild case of COVID-19.

Doctors say parents should be comforted that so many teens have already gotten their shots — with no safety issues reported.

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