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Getting vaccinated for COVID as a family

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

Shaquita Bell, MD on the benefits of getting vaccinated for COVID as a family.
So, what we’ve seen over the entire course of this pandemic is that once somebody, anybody in the house has coronavirus, it is very, very likely that everyone in the home will get it. But we can combat that in the same way by making sure that everyone in the house is vaccinated. So, one of the most beautiful things you can do as a family is be healthy together. So, when you all go for a bike ride or when you all go swimming, or when you all sit down to a healthy meal, you’re teaching your kids the benefits of being healthy, and you’re demonstrating that by doing it yourself. So, getting the coronavirus vaccine is another opportunity to do that as a family. You can show your kids that you’re going to be brave and get a vaccine that it doesn’t hurt too bad and that it’s not that scary, even though, maybe on the inside you’re a little scared. It helps your kids understand that not only are you doing this for yourself and protecting yourself, but you’re showing them that you’re protecting them and that you care about that protection. You’re saying, “Hey look, mom and dad, or dad and dad, or mom and mom are here doing the same thing we’re going to do for you. So, we’re all getting it together.”

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