Ohio to begin offering Pfizer’s vaccine to children 12 and older starting Wednesday

FILE - In this Friday, April 30, 2021 file photo, a pharmacist fills a syringe with a vial of...
FILE - In this Friday, April 30, 2021 file photo, a pharmacist fills a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium. The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday, May 8, 2021 by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023. The new contract, which has the backing of the EU member states, will entail not only the production of the vaccines, but also making sure that all the essential components should be sourced from the EU.(Virginia Mayo | AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 8:43 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said that beginning Wednesday, eligibility in the state for the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will expand to youths who are 12 years and older.

The governor, who said he followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, released a statement on Monday following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization approving the Pfizer shot for children as young as 12:

Health officials hope that by vaccinating children, more normal activities can resume and children can continue a routine school year by fall.

Tests have shown that children who received the same vaccine doses as adults showed similar side effects, such as sore arms and flu-like fevers.

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