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And we can reduce hospitalizations cases and deaths with the safe and effective vaccine that will benefit the community Now polls show that many parents around the fence about this but there are plenty of eager parents too I plan to get my ten year old daughter vaccinated at the first opportunity Well we may be right behind you in line or right in front of you No But is it already possible like today to go out and get a shot if you are one of the parents who's eager Well shots can start now but it may be into early next week before the campaign is fully operational Thousands of pediatricians have signed up to administer the vaccine pharmacies will administer two But remember this is a new product It's a lower dose vaccine packaged separately from the one given to adults and older adolescents So it's being shipped out and distribute it Here's doctor Lee savio beers She's president of the American academy of pediatrics We know that states are making their deliveries of the vaccine now And so parents should reach out to their pediatrician or their local communities to find out where the vaccine will be available It may take a few days It may you know maybe go into next week but everyone's working as hard as they can Each state is handling distribution a little bit differently Steve so best to check in with your pediatrician or your local pharmacy and try to schedule an appointment Alison let's try to get some information on the table for parents who are still thinking this through You mentioned that some kids do get sick Some kids have died certainly not the numbers that you see with older people but there is a risk there so that's one factor and people have to weigh that against possible side effects Did the advisers discuss the risk of side effects for kids in their deliberations Yes absolutely I mean the most common side effect is a sore arm not surprisingly but turns out fever chills are pretty rare among 5 to 11 year olds That's what the clinical trial data showed Regarding serious risks the chief concern has been myocarditis which is an inflammation of the heart It's very rare in the range of about one case per 20,000 or so and seen mostly in adolescent boys and young men but there have been no deaths from myocarditis falling COVID vaccination and most patients recover quickly Here's one member of the committee doctor Matthew Daly at practicing pediatrician in Colorado He wanted parents to hear this message To understandable that you have questions and concerns and this may be particularly true given what seems to be a deliberate campaign of disinformation out there And so I would just encourage you to talk to your child's pediatrician or family physician you know ask your questions Tell them what you're concerns are He says pediatricians will be standing by to talk to families And piers Allison Aubrey thanks for standing by to talk to us Thank you Steve Okay the Supreme Court here's a case today that could decide whether people are allowed to carry concealed weapons into airports churches schools and shopping centers without a special license This case involves the New York State which is one of 8 states that outlaws carrying guns outside of the home And a decision on the scope of the Second Amendment which is what this would be may hinge on former president Donald Trump's three appointees And pierce Carrie Johnson is covering this case carrying a morning Good morning Steve So will you talk us through the legalities here on the Second Amendment Sure So remember in 2008 the Supreme Court declared that people have an individual right to bear arms for self defense in their homes and in 2010 the court applied that right to the states Today Steve the open question is does that Second Amendment right follow them outside their homes A gun rights group and two New Yorkers want the right to carry concealed weapons outside and not just for things like target practice or hunting The New York restrictions require them to demonstrate a special need for protection but they say they should have a mostly unfettered right So the New York State law is on the docket here And of course New York is a big state This would be a big case regardless but might this apply to all states in different ways Well many states already allow concealed carry but 8 states that includes New York California Massachusetts New Jersey and Maryland do not That's a small number of states but a big population something like 80 million people in those areas according to experts at duke university who follow gun rights issues Now depending on how the Supreme Court rules and how it decides to write the decision this case could have much wider impact What do you know about the current makeup of the justices and their views of gun rights Here's what we know The National Rifle Association supported all three of president Trump's former president Trump's Supreme Court nominees just as Neil Gorsuch is on record saying he would have taken up earlier gun rights challenges the court rejected And while they were appeals court judges both Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett said they would have struck down some gun restrictions Kavanaugh for instance has written about how the history matters to him that any gun bans or restrictions need to be rooted in text history and tradition And Barrett said one of her most important writings on the lower courts was a dissenting opinion where she traced the history to conclude in her view that fallons who aren't dangerous should be able to own guns that is not the case now That's very interesting So their presumption is that you do have a right to carry weapons anywhere Is what I hear from some of that except they want to find if there has been in text or tradition a specific prohibition that they can base current regulations on Does the news play into this at all The fact that we're in a time that where it seems to be increasing gun violence certainly increasing prominence of mass shootings Well the Justice Department and local police around the country are very concerned about gum gun homicides remember in the landmark Heller case back in 2008 the late justice Scalia left plenty of room to uphold some reasonable gun restrictions in places like schools and interestingly enough in this case in New York There's a divide among political conservatives and a little bit at issue we're going to have to hear in the argument today how the Supreme Court Justices show their hands if they do Carrie thanks for your insights Thank you That's NPR's Carrie Johnson.

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