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Why not to wait to get your child vaccinated for COVID

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

Pediatrician Ilan Shapiro, MD explains the risks that parents and caregivers are taking by waiting to vaccinate their children for COVID-19.
Sometimes as parents, we do not want to be the first in line to get our kids vaccinated. And we have that feeling that if we wait, everything will be better and we’ll have more information. Well, let me tell you how I chose to vaccinate my kids with information that we have right now.
We have been giving almost half of the world at least one vaccine and they have been doing great with that one. The other thing, coming here to the US, more than 200 million people are already vaccinated, and we have been doing a great job with that one. Millions of teenagers and young adults have been vaccinated. And we’re all right with that one.
And the same vaccine is the one that we’re giving for children 5 to 11. That means that all the information that we have from the world, from the US, and for different age groups, it’s exactly the same respectful information that we have for our kids. And that’s why, you know, I was totally okay. To after half, you know, half of more than 2.5 billion people actually getting vaccinated and more than 200 million here, and a lot of millions of teenagers already getting vaccinated here in the US, to get my kids vaccinated.

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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