Parents now to decide if they will get their children vaccinated against COVID-19

Parents now to decide if they will get their children vaccinated against COVID-19

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Parents, many of them new moms and dads, will now have to make the difficult decision to vaccinate their babies against COVID-19.

Last week, the CDC and FDA authorized emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine for children up to 6 months of age. Parents can choose between three doses of the Pfizer vaccine or two doses of the Moderna vaccine. However, a recent Kaiser Health survey found that only 1 in 5 parents say they will vaccinate their children right away.

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The young child receives a vaccine since the CDC and FDA approved the COVID-19 vaccine.
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“I understand the concern, I understand why there are doubts, but remember that these vaccines have been around for two years. We’ve been giving them from five years old all this time, and we know a lot about what they do,” says Family. Practice Physician, Dr. Andrew Carroll.

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As of now, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required for children to attend school. CDC data shows that the vaccine reduces the small risk that children will develop serious illness from the virus. Ultimately, it is up to the parents or guardians to decide.

Cute boy in face mask taking vaccine at home.  Child with mother receiving covid vaccine from health worker at home.

Cute boy in face mask taking vaccine at home. Child with mother receiving covid vaccine from health worker at home.
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An employee displays the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York.

An employee displays the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York.
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“Parents with their pediatrician should decide if the two-shot Modern vaccine or the three-shot Pfizer vaccine works best for their schedule, for their child, and to ensure the entire series is administered. Compliance is essential,” says pediatric hospitalist Dr. Rebecca Fisk.

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Starting this week, children under 5 years of age can be vaccinated. Fox News reached out to healthcare providers in New York to check availability, with many telling us they were still waiting for their vaccine doses to arrive.

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