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Talking with your child about the COVID vaccine

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Shaquita Bell, MD on talking with your child about getting the COVID vaccine.
So going to get the vaccine together is this wonderful opportunity to have a conversation, to discuss why you’re doing it, to talk about how my belief system for instance is that I’m not only doing something for myself, I’m doing something for my family and I’m doing something even bigger for my community. So, there’s things that we do that don’t just benefit us, that benefit everybody we come into contact with. So, you could have a conversation like, “We’re all going to go get this vaccine so we can visit grandma or grandpa,” or, “We’re going to all go get this vaccine so that your cousin can come and spend the night and play and be safe.” Those are the really neat opportunities of getting vaccinated as a family is you can have those conversations and help kids understand, “Why do I have to get a poke? And why, why, why is this important? And how is it going to protect things? And how is it going to change my life?”

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