A Covid vaccine is now available for children ages 5 years and older. For some parents, and even some kids, this is the best gift they could imagine for the holidays, but other parents may be feeling a little less sure. That’s understandable. Finding up to date information on a topic that changes by the week adds to the challenge. Here are two websites that we recommend for parents and that you can share with friends and family as well.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics has a frequently updated page for Covid vaccines. You can expect solid science from this group. There are several short cartoon videos for you and your children about the vaccines and how they were developed.
- CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) has information about the vaccine and a section on relative risk and benefits and rare, but possible, side effects of the vaccine.
These are hard times. We want to be done with Covid-19. We know kids need to be in school and the way we do that is through vaccination. There are no 100%, perfectly safe choices in this world. There is, however, the choice to take a small risk over a big risk. Vaccination is the better and safer choice. Let’s have a healthy and safe holiday season this year.