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COVID Vaccine and Children

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The U.S. is entering a new phase in the battle against COVID-19, with the government okaying vaccinations for the nation’s 28 million children ages 5 to 11. Dr. Rosha McCoy is a Senior Director at the Association of American Medical Colleges.

“The latest recommendation, you can sum it up, that everyone over the age of five should receive COVID-19 vaccine.”

She says the vast majority of adults suffer mild side effects that are usually over in a day of two, with more serious effects fairly rare. So far fewer children are experiencing side effects than adults in the clinical trials. She says even with breakthrough cases; vaccines still offer the best protection against the disease.

The latest recommendation, you can sum it up, that everyone over the age of five should receive COVID-19 vaccine.

“Who’s really getting COVID is the unvaccinated,” according to McCoy. “The data suggesting that people who are unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to get seriously ill, six times more likely to get kind of infection. It’s definitely those who are unvaccinated who are causing the surges. They are the folks who are in the hospitals.”

McCoy is also a proponent of booster shots for a variety of those who are already vaccinated.

Early research shows that people can mix vaccines if necessary, but the CDC currently recommends people get the same booster as their vaccine.

For more information, visit VaccineWise.org.

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