Hawaii hopes to begin vaccinating kids as young as 12 next week

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Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 5:09 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii hopes to start vaccinating children as young as 12 starting next week after US regulators approved expanded use of the two-dose Pfizer shot.

The news comes as the state looks to reopen public schools fully in the fall.

[Read more: Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12]

State Health Department Director Dr. Libby Char said the agency is still working with the state Department of Education to come up with recommendations for making that happen.

The approval of the Pfizer shot means an additional 67,500 children in Hawaii are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Some Hawaii sites are already taking appointments for the age group.

Hilo Medical Center said it has already booked more than 300 appointments at a vaccine clinic for those 12 and older this Saturday at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium.

Previously, the vaccine was approved for use in those 16 and up.

For more information and to make an appointment, click here.

This story will be updated.

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