Do children need to be vaccinated against COVID?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH explains why children should get vaccinated for COVID when they are eligible.

So first it’s really important for parents to understand that COVID absolutely affects kids, that kids can get very sick from COVID, kids can be hospitalized because they had COVID, and kids have died from COVID. And so, we want to dispel the myth that kids are not affected. Kids are affected. And when I’m talking to Black folks and our Latinx populations it’s important that we understand that our kids were the most affected. When you look at kids over the last year who got incredibly sick from COVID and had to be hospitalized or had that rare outcome we saw with COVID and kids called MIS-C, which stands for multi-inflammatory syndrome in children, which is a syndrome that basically causes organ failure and places kids at risk for death and other complications, those syndromes and hospitalization was highest in our communities. So, the idea that kids aren’t affected isn’t true for any child and it especially isn’t true for our communities.

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