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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

By Jimena Somilleda

In early 2021, doses of a vaccine to defend against the novel Cornavirus disease, were beginning to be administered. Pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson were among the first to roll out a vaccine to combat COVID-19. Doses were administered to the public in waves, determined by factors such as health conditions, careers in the health care field, and age. After nearly a year of administering doses of a COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine is now available for children ages 5 and up.

In November of 2021, the CDC published an official statement which recommends all children ages 5 and up to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As of now only doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been approved and deemed safe for this age demographic. According to the CDC, vaccinating children is essential to putting a halt to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although children are at a lower risk, the CDC still advices parents to vaccinate their children to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others, to diminish the possibility of short-term or long-term health complications from COVID-19, and to prevent the probability of children contracting COVID-19 in the first place. The CDC also encourages the vaccination of children against COVID-19 to keep children healthy while attending school, and to prevent children from bringing COVID-19 from their schools to their families. In many cases, vaccinating children can also significantly decrease the spread of COVID-19 to family members who are of high risk or cannot get vaccinated due to previous health complications.

In the fall of 2021, with the reinstatement of in-person instruction in schools, many parents were weary on sending their children to school without the defense of a vaccine. The debate of the effectiveness of vaccines, especially the COVID-19 vaccines, has been a trending topic among parents. Some parents have been waiting for children to be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 while on the contrary, other parents fear that vaccinating their children could cause serious health issues. As a former educator, the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, is encouraging parents across the country to vaccinate their children in a preventative effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Biden is urging parents to vaccinate their children by affirming that the vaccine has been thoroughly tested and safe to be administered to children (Stableford 2021). Biden continues in her efforts to promote the vaccination of children, by stating that by vaccinating children, children will be able to return to a normal way of life they were once used to (Stableford 2021).

With the introduction of the administration of COVID-19 vaccines for children many parents are on the fence about whether or not vaccinating their children is what is best. The CDC and the FDA have both provided extensive research and the results from rigorous testing to inform parents about the security of the COVID-19 vaccine for children (Mayo Clinic 2021). For further information about the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine for children please visit. www.cdc.gov.

 

Sources:

“Covid-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.ht ml.

“Covid-19 Vaccines for Kids: What You Need to Know.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 10 Nov. 2021,

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/covid-19-vaccines- for-kids/art-20513332.

Stableford, Dylan. “Jill Biden Urges Parents to Get Their Kids Vaccinated against COVID.”

Yahoo! News, Yahoo!,

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