The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that children ages 5-11 can now receive the Pfizer vaccine, Nov. 2.
This is good news for the country because schools had become hotspots for COVID-19. Children in that age range can spread germs as they tend to touch everything, put their hands in their mouths, and are around a large group of other kids for a majority of the day. Getting them all vaccinated will allow them to continue to go to school without interruption.
The first year-and-a-half of the COVID-19 pandemic forced school across the country with other parts of the world online, which was a challenge for all particularly elementary school kids, their teachers and parents.
In-person learning, we learned during that time, is critically important for most kids, especially elementary-aged kids.
Vaccinating kids age 5 and older means in-person learning can persist, and it could get kids, schools and families back to as close to normal most quickly and efficiently.
According to COVID Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know, 2021 from Johns Hopkins Medicine, getting kids vaccinated will give the world a sense of normalcy and return students back to in person learning 100% and most importantly, protecting the child from contracting COVID-19.
By not getting your child vaccinated, you prevent them from attending certain school activities, field trips, and other fun things that attending school and being a kid are all about.
Missing out on learning and social activities of school can be detrimental to kids.
Allowing children to receive the Pfizer vaccine, not only protects the children’s own health but also protects their parents. It will slow the spread of COVID-19 tremendously.
It is one thing if a whole classroom of students get COVID-19, but it is another thing if the whole classroom and each of their families gets it too.
It’s not easy for young kids trying to grow up amid a once-in-a-century pandemic.
Seeing people wearing masks must be confusing. It’s hard for adults, and must be worse for kids.
Let’s cut through the confusion and prevent unnecessary suffering. Vaccinating kids is the right thing to do for them, for the community and for the health of the nation and world.
The sooner we get everyone in the community who can be vaccinated vaccinated, the sooner life will return to normal.