Memphis leaders reach out to parents on COVID-19 vaccines for kids

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials with the City of Memphis metThursday to discuss COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 12 to 17 and share vaccine information with parents.

Leaders will discuss how to get more children vaccinated during an online conversation.

At least 600 children have died from the virus in the U.S., data shows.

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According to the FDA, thousands have been infected with COVID-19, making them sick to the point of hospitalization.

Vaccines for kids under 12 are still in trial phases.

Pfizer recently submitted data showing the effectiveness of its vaccine in kids ages 5-11.

On Thursday morning, Pfizer and BioNTech asked federal regulators for emergency use authorization to allow children ages 5-11 to get the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the companies.

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Memphis resident Bridget Bradley, whose 16-year-old granddaughter is fully vaccinated, told FOX13 the Delta variant is hurting young people.

“If there is anything that is a preventative measure we need to take that,” she said.

Memphis leaders and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital want to help parents understand the importance of getting eligible children vaccinated amid a recent alarming number of positive cases in children.

Dr. Cynthia Cross from LeBonheur said she understands many parents are still on the fence.

She said information is readily available for parents.

“I say do your research,” Cross said. “Go online and see what they are talking about. Talk to your doctors and let them explain to you what’s going on.”

Last month the FDA said it hopes to have vaccines available for younger kids in the coming months. No timeline has been set.

More than 65 percent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, data shows.