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Of mayor might Eric Adam speed Jeffree Mays from The New York Times and WNYC's Elizabeth Kim look at the ways he'll apparently be different from mayor de Blasio in some ways in which we just don't know Also all the other local and national results plus the vocabulary of climate change What the words we use about the climate really mean from greenhouse to net zero The Brian lair show at ten a.m. on WNYC It's morning edition from NPR news I'm Noelle king And I'm Steven skip Many parents already know what they think of this news They've been poised hands on the doorknob ready to run out to get shots for their kids age 5 to 11 and they are now authorized to get those shots as soon as they can find a place that is ready to administer them The CDC gave final approval to COVID vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds last night NPR's Allison Aubrey is covering the story Allison good morning Good morning Steve Let's work through the evidence here What is the case for vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds You know the advisers who met yesterday to weigh in on this really brought to light that though many kids do get only mild symptoms from COVID There are lots of cases of serious illness more than 700 children have died from COVID among 5 to 11 year olds There have been a 172 deaths more than 8300 hospitalizations Here's one of the panel members doctor Oliver Brooks explaining his vote The bottom line is the data shown here today that the vaccine is safe and effective So children are dying and we can reduce hospitalization cases and deaths with the safe and effective vaccine that will benefit the community Now polls show that a lot of parents are on the fence about this but there are plenty of eager parents too We plan to get our ten year old daughter vaccinated at the first opportunity Something similar happening in our family We will talk about people who have skepticism in a moment but will shots be available for the parents who want them as soon as today Well shots can start now but it may be early next week before the campaign is fully operational thousands of pediatricians have signed up to administer the vaccine many pharmacies community health centers and in some areas schools will administer it too But remember it's 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 distributed 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 Now each state is handling distribution a little bit differently Steve so best to check in with your pediatrician or local pharmacy and try to schedule an appointment Let's keep working through the evidence here You mentioned that the CDC advisers found that there is a degree of risk even for little kids not as big as for older people but there's a risk And that's why they recommend this vaccine But aren't there also some side effects Yeah lots of discussion of this yesterday the most common side effect is a sore arm not surprisingly but turns out fever and 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 muscle It's very rare in the range of about one case per 20,000 or so and mostly seen in adolescent boys and young men But there have been no deaths from myocarditis following COVID vaccination and most patients recover quickly Here's one of the members of the committee doctor Matthew Daly a pediatrician in Colorado who wants 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 your concerns are The most recent data from the CDC shows that 38% of 5 to 11 year olds have antibodies to the virus indicating they've already had COVID but the recommendation that these children should still get the vaccine And that's because pediatricians say while there is some degree of protection following a COVID infection it won't last as long or be as strong as the immunity that comes from the vaccine Alison I want to ask about one more group of families some parents have kids under 5 And of course this is anxious for people they've been able to protect themselves can't protect their kids when can parents with kids under 5 expect news You know Pfizer and Moderna are both working on this but they would need to submit their data to the FDA This could be months away Alison thanks so much Thank you That's NPR's Allison Aubrey The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in its first major gun case in more than ten years In 2008 the court ruled that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms guarantees people the right to have a gun in their home for self defense Today the question is how far a state can go in regulating whether a person can carry a gun outside of their home Here's an emperor's legal affairs correspondent Nina totenberg At issue in today's case is New York's so called proper cause law It requires a license to carry a gun outside the home and it restricts those licenses to those going hunting or to target practice and those who can demonstrate a need for self protection like a bank messenger carrying cash or a store owner who wants to keep a gun in his store for self protection The state however does not allow people to get concealed carry permits because of a generalized fear or desire for self defense Instead applicants have to show a special or particular need to carry a gun a proper cause The law is being challenged by the New York rifle and pistol association an arm of the NRA and two men who live in upstate New York one got a permit to carry a gun to and from work and both got licenses to carry weapons for hunting or for shooting practice but they were denied the right to carry guns outside the home as a general matter of self defense as opposed to showing that they faced any unusual threat Former solicitor general Paul Clement who represents the challengers in the Supreme Court compares the right to carry guns outside the home to the right of free speech guaranteed by the constitution These are all rights that the founding generation thought were sufficiently important that we're going to enshrine them in the Bill of Rights And I think that judgment means that the states have to respect those rights I don't think we can forget We're talking about an instrument that is designed to kill people Richard deering is chief of appeals for the city of New York I think the problem the petitioners have is that the public safety considerations are so tremendous and varied on the side of gun regulation in a way that is not equally true of other rights Among the 87 friend of the court briefs in the case is one supporting New York filed by a group of top Justice Department officials from previous Republican administrations Among them is J Michael looty who served for 15 years as a federal appeal court judge earning a reputation as one of the country's most prominent and conservative judges He argues that a.

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