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Anita Henderson, MD, addresses common questions surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12 – 15 

Anita S. Henderson, MD, pediatrician at Hattiesburg Clinic The Pediatric Clinic and president of the Mississippi Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, spoke with several news outlets, including SuperTalk Radio, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, WDAM, WLBT, WLOX and Hattiesburg American, about the recent FDA authorization of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12 – 15. In the Pfizer clinical trial, the shot was found to be 100% effective in preventing the virus in kids 12 to 15. 

Dr. Henderson noted that several parents have expressed interest in having their kids vaccinated, particularly those who have children with chronic conditions, like diabetes, asthma or other issues that cause them to be immunocompromised. She said some of the kids are even excited to get vaccinated.

“Some of our kids are excited [to get the vaccine],” Henderson said. “They want to get their shot because they want go to summer camp or play football with their teammates and not be worried about getting coronavirus or transmitting covid to avoid being quarantined. I am really proud of our adolescents who are stepping up getting vaccinated, talking to their friends about the benefits of getting vaccinated.”

And for those who have had Covid-19, Henderson said the recommendation is to get vaccinated. Studies have shown that for those who have had Covid-19 and received the vaccine get an even bigger boost to their immune system. 

“They are looking at a range of studies to see how long immunities last, and what the long-term risks of having Covid-19 looks like,” Henderson said. “We are seeing a lot of long-term complications of having Covid-19, in both adults and children. As a pediatrician, I am all about preventative medicine. I want to prevent the problem before it happens. Vaccines and vaccinating our adolescents…that’s a way to prevent these long-term complications from coronavirus.”

Follow the links to see the full interviews: 



MPB: https://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/parents-in-mississippi-can-now-get-their-kids-age-1215-a-coronavirus-vaccination/

MPB: https://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/more-than-1000-young-mississippi-teens-have-gotten-a-coronavirus-vaccine/

WLBT: https://www.wlbt.com/2021/05/13/msdh-announces-support-covid-immunization-effort-year-olds/

Hattiesburg American: https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/local/2021/05/13/officials-pfizer-vaccine-now-available-youths-12-15/4970003001/

SuperTalk Radio: https://www.supertalk.fm/shows/the-j-t-show/

Tate Rutland


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