Massachusetts to start vaccinating kids 12-15 on Thursday

NORWOOD, M.A. (WLNE) — Massachusetts will start vaccinating children ages 12-15 Thursday, after a CDC panel voted to approve the use of Pfizer’s vaccine in kids of that age group.

Governor Charlie Baker made the announcement while touring Moderna’s lab in Norwood on Wednesday.

“People age 12-15 can start booking appointments or accessing walk-up appointments beginning on Thursday, May 13,” Baker said at a press conference following his tour.

The governor says the state should have no problem handling the roughly 400,000 kids who are now eligible.

“Now that we’ve made so much progress by having almost 75% of our adult population with one dose, we’re pivoting our operation to continue to expand the ground game and break down barriers in every zip code,” Baker explained Wednesday.

The state aims to get Pfizer shots to kids through pop-up and mobile clinics located in places like supermarket parking lots and even some schools.

Moderna also announced it’s seeking federal approval for use of its vaccine in kids under 18.

“We’re also pleased that Moderna is moving forward with federal officials to approve their vaccine,” Baker said.

The company’s CEO, Stephane Bancel, says he expects approval for use of Moderna’s vaccine in kids in a matter of weeks.

Moderna also announced plans to expand its facility in Norwood and hopes to produce double the amount of Covid-19 shots by 2022.

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