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Why do kids need a COVID vaccine?

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

Infectious disease epidemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera, MS explains the risk kids face from COVID-19 and the protection provided by the vaccine.

At this point, the data is abundantly clear that COVID-19 has become a vaccine preventable disease and we can prevent more loss if we have more and more people, including children vaccinated. We know that kids can experience a lot of complications from COVID-19. They can be hospitalized. They can experience MIS-C. They can also experience long COVID, which can have some pretty devastating impact on their organs and their development. And, so, because of that we have this tool in our toolkit to prevent further loss, to prevent further illness among this population. And I think that’s why it’s important to vaccinate this population.

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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Everyone ages 5+ can get a COVID-19 vaccine, and those 12+ can get a booster shot.

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