Covid-19 Vaccine for Kids
Covid-19 has put every American through a dramatic series of events and still is affecting millions as we continue to learn and cope with the new reality of everyday life. Many parents have already been vaccinated and are able to return to work, but what about your kids?
The vaccines by Pfizer , Johnson and Johnson, and Moderna have been deemed safe for adults and are available everywhere. However the same can not be said for children right now. The FDA is requiring that vaccines be studied in children, because kids immune systems are still developing and they could experience side effects that adults may not experience because their bodies and immune systems are more developed and matured. Most experts anticipate that vaccines will be available for children from the ages of 6 months to 15 years will be ready by the end of 2021 or very early into 2022. The more people that continue to get the vaccine will continue to inch America closer to "herd immunity" which is where more and more people become immune to Covid and transmission of the virus from person-to-person decreases significantly, ultimately making it more and more safe for children and adults to get back to normal life pre-pandemic.
Question: Are kids who aren't vaccinated a threat to their vaccinated parents/peers?
Unvaccinated kids are still a threat to one another and can spread the virus between themselves and others, it is recommended that kids wear masks while indoors with vaccinated peers but, being outside no masks are required as being outdoors lessens the chance of the virus spreading.
When it comes too you as a parent deciding wether or not to give the vaccine to your child, it is a decision that is hard and requires real thought. Ultimately it is YOUR decision though, the vaccine will most certainly be FDA approved for children very soon and side effects (outside of a rare reaction) will only be things like fever, stomach ache, and headaches. The risk of only that compared to a very dangerous virus most certainly should make you want to have your children vaccinated to protect them from Covid-19. Also, we still do not yet know if the vaccine will turn into a yearly shot. We could very well be getting a dose (shot) yearly like the flu-shot to continue to prevent Covid-19 and as the virus continues to mutate, the vaccine may become less strong. Researchers only have about half a year of data from adults who have been vaccinated, so time will only tell.
Question: If my child has had Covid, should they still get the vaccine?
Absolutely! Even when you build up antibodies naturally against Covid-19, researchers don't know how long or how durable the antibodies are against the virus. Recent vaccinated adults have shown in studies that the vaccine can raise the amount of antibodies you have, therefore protecting you even more against reinfection.
I think it is no question we should all get the vaccine to stop this virus for good and let everyone get back to a normal life. If I were deciding on the vaccine for my child, I'd without a doubt know that it will only help and protect them. Furthermore, it would only continue to help give America herd immunity against the virus and protect everyone in the process.