Does COVID affect kids?

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

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH says it’s a myth that kids are not affected by COVID.

So, kids have always been affected by COVID and I’m not sure where the idea came that kids weren’t affected, but kids have always been at risk to get COVID infection. Kids have always, throughout the pandemic, been hospitalized with COVID and sadly hundreds of kids have died over the last year from COVID alone. And so, while we know kids have always been affected, we also know that right now, because kids are the population who, for whom some are still not authorized to receive a COVID vaccine, that they actually are making up a larger slice of our population who is going into the hospital with COVID and it’s because they remain unprotected.

We also know that if your child is infected with COVID they may, even if they only have mild symptoms, go on to have prolonged symptoms that last months and impact the normal activities kids like to do, like playing outside and going to school. And so, it’s really important that we protect kids from getting infected with COVID so that they aren’t at risk for those complications.

And so, if your child is of an age that is authorized to receive a COVID vaccine, which is age 12 and above right now, they should absolutely be vaccinated so that they don’t get COVID infection or any of its complications.

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