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‘Teenagers are seeing a glimpse of hope’ with beginning of COVID-19 vaccinations

Mike Dyer, WCPO |

Walnut Hills High School junior Melanie Mitchell made an Instagram post a few weeks ago encouraging her friends to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Mitchell, a member of the Walnut Hills cheer team, was happy to receive feedback and questions. And her peers could trust her knowledge. That’s because she was one of the first teenagers in Ohio to receive the Pfizer vaccine as a clinical trial participant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in November 2020.

“We’re all just really excited,” Mitchell said. “I think teenagers are seeing a glimpse of hope of returning to normalcy safely.”

WCPO contacted a dozen Greater Cincinnati athletic directors about the vaccines and heard perspectives from several families of student-athletes via its Cincinnati area high school sports Facebook group.

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