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7 big questions related to getting COVID-19 vaccine given to children, Virginia University professor answered

Covid-19 vaccine (Coronavirus Vaccine) has been found to be 100 percent effective in preventing clinical symptoms of Covid-19 in a clinical trial on teenagers aged 12–15 years in the US.

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Why Child Vaccination is Important: The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the scope of its emergency use to use the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for adolescents 12–15 years old. The ‘Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’ has followed the recommendation of use on this age group after their advisory group meeting on 12 May. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports this decision. Dr. Debbie-Ann Shirley is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia and a specialist in pediatric infections.

There are many types of questions in the minds of parents regarding the vaccination of children. Due to which he is worried. The first question is- Does this vaccine work in teenagers? In response, Dr. Debbie says, it works perfectly (Why Your Child Should be Vaccinated). Recently released data from Pfizer-BioNotech show that the COVID-19 vaccine seems to be working really well in this age group. The COVID-19 vaccine has been found to be 100 percent effective in preventing clinical symptoms of COVID-19 in a clinical trial on teenagers aged 12–15 years in the United States.

A large number of anti bodies were made

“In response to the vaccine, the teenagers created a large number of anti bodies and their disease resistance was as strong as has been seen in the youth of 16-25 years,” he said. The second question is – how do I know if the vaccine is safe for the child? In response to this, the doctor said, so far the COVID-19 vaccine seems to be safe in adolescents. All the vaccines that have been approved for use in the US have been intensively studied, but we do not want to assume that children are young adults. This is why it is important to carefully study these vaccines in children before recommending use by health authorities.

Strong security monitoring required

Current studies will continue to keep a close watch on vaccinations on children and strong safety monitoring will help them quickly identify rare or unexpected concerns. Third question- I felt that there was less danger to the children- Do they still need to get vaccinated? In response, Debbie said, at the moment, the number of children in the weekly COVID-19 cases in the US is about a quarter. It is rare for children to have serious illness due to COVID-19 but it happens and thousands of children have to be hospitalized and at least 351 children have died in America. Vaccination will prevent children from taking the infection seriously.

How can there be side effects?

The fourth question is – what side effects can the child have? The answer is – there can be minor side effects after vaccination. The most common side effects can be pain and swelling at the injection site (How to Explain Vaccination to a Child). Other common side effects include fatigue and headache. Just like youngsters, some teenagers may experience fever, chills, muscle and joint pain, and this is very common after the second dose of the vaccine. These side effects occur for a short time and in most people go away in a day or two.

Elderly was not seen in the elderly

The fifth question is- have there been severe reactions in children? In response, Debbie says, no serious adverse effects related to the vaccine have been reported in the clinical trial of Pfizer-BioNotech. Severe allergic reaction in the elderly has been rarely reported. If anyone is aware of an allergy to the vaccine or to any of the ingredients included in the vaccine, then one should not take the vaccine. If your child has something like this, then tell the person giving the vaccine about it so that your child can be kept under observation for 30 minutes after vaccination.

When will the vaccine be available?

The sixth question related to giving vaccines to children is- When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available to children under 12 years of age? In response to this, the doctor said- COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers have started or are planning to start vaccine testing on children (Why Vaccination is Necessary For Child). Recommendations for using the vaccine may change when further information is available. Children aged 2-11 years may be allowed to get vaccinated by the end of this year.

Will mother to child have virus?

Seventh question – if I have got the vaccine and my child is not vaccinated, can they get the virus from me? The answer is- COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the living virus of COVID-19, so it cannot cause COVID-19. Vaccination will protect both you and your child from COVID-19. Studies have shown that pregnant women who have been vaccinated and lactating mothers can give protective immunity to their newborn. This is another benefit of vaccination.

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Shehnaz is a Corporate Communications Expert by profession and writer by Passion. She has experience of many years in the same. Her educational background in Mass communication has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics. She enjoys writing about Public relations, Corporate communications, travel, entrepreneurship, insurance, and finance among others.
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