Covid Vaccination For Kids : Short Wave Some colleges and universities have announced that COVID vaccination will be mandatory (with some exemptions) and the FDA has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. While coronavirus infections are declining in the United States, vaccination rates also appear to be slowing down, so pediatricians and public health officials say they're trying to spread the word to overcome hesitancy, and get the vaccine out to people where they go to school and shop. Emily talks with NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey about this and other topics in the pandemic news.

If you'd like to assistant on finding a vaccination site, you can dial 1-800-232-0233 or go to vaccines.gov (English) or vacunas.gov (Spanish) for more information.

Have questions about the latest coronavirus headlines? Email us at shortwave@npr.org and we might cover it on a future episode.

Pediatricians Work To Persuade Parents And Teens To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Pediatricians Work To Persuade Parents And Teens To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

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A sign at Michigan State University directs people to a vaccination site. The university is one of an increasing number to require on-campus students to be vaccinated. Anna Nichols/AP hide caption

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A sign at Michigan State University directs people to a vaccination site. The university is one of an increasing number to require on-campus students to be vaccinated.

Anna Nichols/AP

Some colleges and universities have announced that COVID vaccination will be mandatory (with some exemptions) and the FDA has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. While coronavirus infections are declining in the United States, vaccination rates also appear to be slowing down, so pediatricians and public health officials say they're trying to spread the word to overcome hesitancy, and get the vaccine out to people where they go to school and shop. Emily talks with NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey about this and other topics in the pandemic news.

If you'd like to assistant on finding a vaccination site, you can dial 1-800-232-0233 or go to vaccines.gov (English) or vacunas.gov (Spanish) for more information.

Have questions about the latest coronavirus headlines? Email us at shortwave@npr.org and we might cover it on a future episode.

This episode was edited by Jane Greenhalgh and Gisele Grayson, produced by Thomas Lu and fact-checked by Berly McCoy.