While most children tend to have mild symptoms or none at all, the coronavirus still poses a dangerous threat as the number of COVID-19-related deaths among kids, especially those with underlying health conditions, is surpassing the number of influenza-related deaths. Unfortunately, the virus is mutating, and the emerging variants are more contagious and deadlier than the original strain. Due to this new variant, known as the Delta Variant, it is advisable to get eligible kids vaccinated as soon as possible.
Child Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccination
Age is the determining factor when vaccinating your child against the coronavirus. Currently, only kids aged 12-years-old and above are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer and Moderna, are conducting tests and clinical trials among kids aged between six months and 12-years-old. The estimated time a vaccine could become available for them looks to be late fall to early winter 2021.
Health is also an important factor in determining your child’s eligibility. Children with certain underlying health concerns, including asthma, heart conditions or a weakened immune system, are at an increased risk for contracting the virus. If your child is allergic to any prescription medications, consult your pediatrician prior to receiving the vaccine.
The Importance of Vaccinations
Vaccinating your child is the best way to protect them and others from the coronavirus as it spreads faster in crowded places, including schools, daycares and child care facilities. However, until other ages are available for vaccinations, it is prudent to take extra health and safety preparation measures such as social distancing and wearing masks, which may still be necessary. Other important reasons to have your family vaccinated include:
- Decrease the spread of COVID-19 to other people
- Lower the chances of your child getting seriously ill if they do contract the virus
- Protection for you and your family against COVID-19 and other variants
Don’t leave your child vulnerable to the coronavirus and other diseases. Schedule an appointment with Bard & Didriksen Pediatrics today to get your child vaccinated or stay up-to-date on when additional ages are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. We also conduct comprehensive medical and physical checkups for your convenience.