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6 Reasons Your Child Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Jun 04, 2021
6 Reasons Your Child Should Get the COVID Vaccine

Since March of 2020, most of us have been wondering, “When will things return to normal?” Even if our lives don’t look exactly as they did before COVID-19, the vaccine has gone a long way toward getting us there.

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for younger kids, you may be on the fence about whether to get your child vaccinated. Children have arguably been impacted more than most over the last year. The social isolation brought about by remote learning, cancelled sports seasons and other events, like prom and graduation ceremonies, has been tough on kids. So here are just a few reasons why you should vaccinate your child:

  1. No masks! Masks have significantly lessened the spread of COVID-19, but the more people who get vaccinated, the closer we get to saying goodbye to masks for good. I think we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief when this day comes.
  2. Gather without social distancing. Missed family gatherings. Sleepovers with friends. No doubt your child has missed out on a lot of these connections over the last year. Getting them vaccinated can help them reconnect with the important people in their lives.
  3. Protect loved ones. If your child gets COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms, they can still pass it to family, friends, teachers, coaches and others around you. The latest studies suggest that the vaccine is effective in keeping you from getting sick and from passing COVID-19 to others.
  4. Return to sports and other extracurricular activities. I know I’m not the only one who feels their child has had too much screen time over the last year. Getting your child vaccinated can help them get back to sports and other extracurriculars faster. These activities not only keep your child active and physically healthy, but it’s good for their mental health to connect with coaches and peers. Additionally, some athletes have experienced complications when they return to play after having COVID-19. Vaccinating your child can reduce these risks.
  5. A normal school year. Whether your child learned remotely or went to school some days and not others during COVID-19, getting back to a normal routine will be good for kids and help them stay on track with their education.
  6. It’s safe. All of the available vaccines have proven to be very safe for a variety of participants, including many races and ages. The vaccines available went through the same testing processes as previous vaccines, like those for tetanus and polio. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued a statement calling for all children 12 and up to get vaccinated. In addition to being vaccinated for COVID-19, the AAP is encouraging parents/caregivers to get their child up to date on other childhood vaccines that may have been missed over the course of the last year. They indicate that it is safe for children to get multiple vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine, at the same time.

Check out this blog on COVID-19 myths.

 

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