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What if I’m not sure about getting my kid a COVID vaccine?

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

Pediatrician Ilan Shapiro, MD talks about the risk of COVID-19 to kids and the protection provided by the vaccine.

It’s okay to have questions. As a pediatrician, and most importantly as a father, I have questions. I have questions and we need to continue having that conversation. But the most important thing right now is what I’m actually more afraid of: is it COVID-19 or the tools that we have to prevent it?

It was clear for me and for my kids that the most important thing that I needed to do right now was to vaccinate them. And knowing that the cases were going up, that we have more kids right now going to the hospital and intensive care unit than at any part of the entire pandemic, then the choices were simple.

Knowing that we have been giving this vaccine for millions of people, we have already used it in a lot of teenagers. And right now with the research that we have that has been proven to be first of all, safe and effective, more than 90% effective in kids to protect them against COVID-19 then, you know, for sure I wanted to give them that.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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