Keiki & Family
- Can my 6-year-old get the new bivalent booster?
- How long should I wait between doses of the COVID vaccines for my toddler?
- Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective for babies?
- What side effects should parents expect after vaccinating their babies and toddlers?
- Where can my baby get a COVID vaccine?
- Can my baby get all their vaccinations at the same time?
- Should I vaccinate my child if he’s already had COVID?
- How do vaccines work with keiki?
- What are COVID-19 symptoms in keiki or teens?
- Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe for children? How do doctors know?
- What are the pros of getting my keiki vaccinated?
- What are the cons of getting my keiki vaccinated?
- What are the short-term side effects of the vaccines on children?
- What are the long-term side effects of the vaccines on children?
- Can my keiki have an allergic reaction to the vaccine?
- If my child has health issues or physical disabilities, should they still get vaccinated?
- Do the vaccines cause heart inflammation in children, teens, or young people?
- Will the vaccine affect my keiki’s reproductive development?
- Should my keiki still wear a mask after they’re up to date with their vaccinations?
Children do not need to be vaccinated because they do not become sick from COVID-19.
Children have much milder symptoms and are less likely to be hospitalized. But since children can become infected and transmit the virus, they can serve as an ongoing source of transmission. Everything seems to be changing with the new variants, which lead to a much higher viral load, and that includes children. It is true that children are not dying at the same rate as we are seeing in older adults. But children are going to grow up to be adults. We want to protect them as soon as possible. In addition, we are now seeing some of the ongoing consequences of COVID. Not only deaths.
Additionally, children are part of the community, or the “herd.” It will be harder to get back to some normalcy if a large proportion of the population remains unvaccinated.
Boston University: https://www.bu.edu/articles/2021/myths-vs-facts-covid-19-vaccine/