Covid Vaccine Administered in Children Under 5

While the first doses of the Covid vaccine were widely administered in adults over a year ago in the spring of 2021, with children over 5 finally receiving vaccines in the fall and winter of last year as well, the time has come for the youngest of our population to finally be protected against the Covid virus that has plagued us for over two years now. Following the official FDA approval, children between the ages of 6 months and five years are now eligible to be vaccinated with either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, with three doses for Pfizer and two for Moderna. Children receiving Pfizer will be given three doses of 3 micrograms, compared to the two doses of 30 micrograms that adults get. 

Naturally, parents of young children are bound to worry about the possible side effects that these vaccines may have on their kids, considering some of the brutal fevers, headaches, and nausea that were seen in adults following their vaccinations. However, much like in adults and adolescents, the effects of the Covid virus itself are much greater than any possible vaccine side effects. Children are more susceptible to illness and therefore, Covid could be potentially fatal in some cases.

There has been some skepticism about the effectiveness of Covid vaccines as Omicron cases still seem to be rising, even in those who have been fully vaccinated and boosted. While the vaccine may not be 100% effective at fully combatting the Covid virus, the severe effects suffered by children who are unvaccinated could lead to hospitalization. However, vaccinated children may only feel symptoms that are analogous with a common cold or flu, greatly lowering the risk of any long-term damage to a child’s health. 

Parents should try to book first-dose appointments for their children as quickly as possible, either through their healthcare provider or on vaccines.gov, which provides all local pharmacies that offer vaccines for young children, including Walgreens, CVS, Costco, Rite Aid, and more. 

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