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If I got the COVID vaccine, why do my kids need it?

Pediatricians and other experts answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Infectious disease epidemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera, MS explains that children are at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 and need their own vaccine to be protected.

We know that kids still can get COVID even if their parents are vaccinated because they can get it from school, they can get it from, you know, teachers in schools who are not vaccinated or other parents or adults that they’re around. And, I personally know a number of parents who have gotten COVID because their children came home with COVID from school. So, it’s kind of a flawed way to think about ways to protect your child. Especially if your child is doing things outside of the home. If you were all home, I can understand why you, maybe, you would think that they are more protected, but if the kid is in school doing extracurricular activities out and about with other people you have to be thinking about their community and their bubble as being even larger than you think.

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