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Central Illinois moms vary in opinions on vaccine use for kids

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9-20 local moms on pfizer

(WEEK) -- Pfizer announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine is effective for kids ages 5-11.

Sarah Rae, a mom from Peoria, says as soon as it's authorized and available, she's taking her 7-year-old to get her shot.

"As soon as it's ready, we're there," Rae said, "I've been waiting and waiting. I think that will go a long way toward finishing this."

Pfizer says its data shows children developed Covid-fighting antibodies on a level equal to teenagers and young adults after getting two shots.

The dosages used in those shots were about a third of what adults were given.

But not everyone feels the same about their children getting the vaccine.

"My kids are not going to get it," said East Peoria mom Colleen Tockes, "My concern is what happens in 10 years if they get some weird infection?"

Tockes said she doesn't believe enough research has been done to convince her to get her kids vaccinated anytime soon.

But mom Sarah Rae says she feels her daughter will be safer once she's vaccinated.

"Not just her. Everybody that she might come in contact with. It's a whole community thing," Rae said.

Pfizer is now planning to seek approval from the FDA to begin offering vaccines to kids in the 5-11 age group.

Sheridan Swathwood

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