On December 1, first doses of Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 had already been administered in Nova Scotia for kids aged 5 to 11. There are still parents who are having second thoughts on whether to allow their children to be vaccinated. For our guidance, here are facts about the vaccine according to Dr. Joanne Langley, co-chair of the Canadian COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force and head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at IWK Health.
It protects kids and those around them.
According to Dr. Langley, there is great evidence that the vaccines protect the children from the virus because of its over 90% efficacy in the clinical trials with the age group. It reduces the risk of symptomatic infection thus protecting the people around them.
It’s safe and effective for children
With rigorous testing and approval processes done, Dr. Langley assured that the lower dose works just fine for the children and is very safe. She also pointed out that side effects such as myocarditis are extremely rare, and are far less risky than the effects of getting COVID-19.
It should be a top priority for children
Dr. Langley has strongly suggested that children should be vaccinated with covid-19 vaccine now. They can have the other childhood vaccines after their shots.
It doesn’t have to hurt or be scary
One of the many challenges of parents is having their children be vaccinated at a young age. There are a lot of ways to help them understand that it is safe and it is for their own good. Most important of all is for parents and caregivers to have a calm, positive attitude before, during and after the appointment, says Dr. Langley.
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