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Do young children really need a COVID vaccine?

Pediatrician Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD shares how she has seen children hospitalized with COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in preventing serious illness.

Yes, kids really, really, really need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. I know that a lot of people want you to think that COVID-19 is no big deal in your child, that it is a mild illness, but I have seen way too many kids land in the emergency room or be hospitalized with COVID-19. And, in this country alone, we have seen children pass away from COVID-19. So, I urge you as a parent to get your child protected because I just would not want your kid to be the kid who develops the serious complication, the long COVID or who lands in the hospital from this illness. It is so important that we take this illness seriously and that we give children the opportunity to be protected and to go about their lives and live their normal childhoods.

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