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How do we know it is safe to give kids the COVID vaccine?

Pediatrician Ilan Shapiro, MD explains why parents can have confidence that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for their eligible children.

As a father, it has been one of the toughest questions that I needed to answer before I put something in the body of my kids. I reviewed all the information that we had out there. And the research that we did between 5 and 11 years of age is clearly, showing us that it’s safe and not only safe, but effective. I was way, way afraid of, you know, the prolonged COVID and intensive care unit and all the inflammation syndromes that we have with kids that, you know, I cannot control without the vaccine. It gives me a peace of mind that the best decision that I can do as a father and also as a pediatrician is to vaccinate my own kids.

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