How will youth sports leagues, parents react now that COVID-19 vaccine available for adolescents? See more state education and legislative news here

| June 15, 2021

By Taiwo Adeshigbin / Cronkite News

PHOENIX – With the release of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents coinciding with the start of many youth sporting events, parents and tournament organizers are faced with decisions related to protocol and expectations.

Will some events require participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19? And will parents feel comfortable with their children receiving the two-dose shot?

“I made it a point to take her down to the reservation to get the vaccination because the post-season play will involve out-of-state play,” Tanayia White, a Safford resident and member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, said about her daughter Tashoney Kniffin.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds. Pfizer is currently running a nationwide trial for children 6 months to 11 years old.

More vaccinations mean more people are now planning vacations.

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