PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pfizer announced on Wednesday that its COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective in a new study in 12 to 15-year-olds.
No cases were found among those who received the vaccine. Currently, it is only allowed for people over 16 years old.
For athletes, masks have become a way of life. There is a constant cloud above their heads of possible game cancellations due to outbreaks. If the vaccine is approved for young people, it could be a game-changer.
Becca Ryan is a Gateway High School rookie who plays soccer, basketball and softball. The coronavirus made for a difficult first year of school and athletics.
“The mask is a bit difficult to play at times,” Ryan said of Zoom.
She thinks it’s hard to get into the stream of a season where, at any time, COVID-19 could change everything.
“You try to get used to it. Then there would be another stop. It’s hard to get into a groove, ”Ryan said.
With the news from Pfizer, she could get the vaccine if allowed, which would allow her and her teammates to be protected.
“Immunization is clearly another very effective, perhaps the most effective of all, to keep children safe,” said Gateway Athletic Director Don Holl. “It would be something that we would strongly encourage so that we can get as many athletes vaccinated as possible.”
Dr Joseph Aracri, president of the Allegheny Health Network, said Pfizer’s results were not too surprising, given its effectiveness in adults.
“If a vaccine gives adults a good immune response, we know the children are going to respond in a pretty positive way,” said Dr Aracri.
As for the timeline of when we might see gunshots in the arms, Dr. Aracri isn’t quite sure when. He hopes it will be before school starts next year.
“You might start the fall with masks and maybe basketball without masks. It’s very difficult to predict because it’s a new virus, ”Dr Aracri said of Zoom.
With Ryan playing sports every season, she would love to see those hits ASAP.
“It would make it more normal to play against teams without having to worry about catching the virus,” Ryan said.
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Speaking with WPIAL, KDKA learned that any encouragement for students to get immunized should come from parents and individual schools. Schools have said that due to privacy laws, they may be limited to simple encouragement and nothing mandatory.