Health · June 23, 2022

Parents can now decide whether to vaccinate their children against COVID-19

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Parents, many of whom will be first-time moms and dads, must now make the difficult decision of whether to vaccinate their babies against COVID-19.

Just last week, the CDC and FDA approved emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months and older. Parents can choose either three doses of the Pfizer vaccine or two doses of the Moderna shot. However, a recent survey by Kaiser Health found that only 1 in 5 parents say they will have their children vaccinated immediately.

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Toddler is getting a vaccine since the CDC and FDA approved the COVID-19 vaccine.

Toddler is getting a vaccine since the CDC and FDA approved the COVID-19 vaccine.
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“I understand the concern, I understand why there is hesitation, but remember these vaccines have been around for two years. We’ve been giving them all the time from the age of five, 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 show the vaccine reduces the small risk that children could develop serious illness from the virus. Ultimately, the decision rests with the parents or guardians.

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

Cute boy with face mask vaccinating at home. Child with mother receiving covid vaccine from health worker at home.
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A worker demonstrates the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital in New York.

A staff member demonstrates the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital in New York.
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“Parents should work with their pediatrician to determine whether Moderna’s two-dose vaccine or Pfizer’s three-dose vaccine is best for their schedule and child, and to ensure the entire series is administered. Compliance is essential,” says pediatrician Dr Rebekka Fisk.

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Starting this week, children under the age of 5 can be vaccinated. Fox News reached out to healthcare providers in New York to check availability. Many told us they are still waiting for their vaccine doses to arrive.