Vaccines for children: Parents and students vote on controversial Covid clichés for children
As parents gear up for back to school, more than just school supplies they’ll need this year. With most children still not vaccinated, parents now have a choice: should their children be vaccinated?
“I won’t get him vaccinated,” said Krystin Santana, a parent from Desert Hot Springs.
“I think to end this we all need to get the vaccination,” said Gita Asgeri, parent and doctor at Rancho Mirage.
“I just don’t know if I’m going to let them have him so young,” said Hannah of Rancho Mirage.
Some haven’t made up their minds yet, and even the kids have their own ideas.
“If anyone takes the vaccine, they just have to keep in mind that they are doing a good thing for the community,” said Artin Asgeri, 13, of Rancho Mirage.
I feel like if you put all of that in your body for no reason, what’s the point, “said Brooks, 9.
So far, 12-year-olds are the youngest to be approved for vaccination. Asgeri got his shots from Pfizer as soon as he was eligible. “I could talk to people before, but now I can get closer,” he said. “I can actually make new friends, it’s a lot better to talk without a mask, and it’s a lot better to know that I’m staying healthy.”
Her 8-year-old sister Amitis is eagerly awaiting her turn for immunity so she can cover her face. “I always have to wear a mask for extra protection, but yes, I can go out comfortably without wearing a mask,” she said.
Santana said vaccinating her son challenged her religion, and said children spreading diseases in schools were already a given. “It’s against our belief to put foreign objects in our bodies,” she said. “It’s just a common thing. Kids get sick when they go to school. Everyone carries different germs, so it has to happen.”
Jake Ingrassia of News Channel 3 spoke with Dr. Erica Pan, the state of California epidemiologist, to get the facts on the parents’ concerns.
Monique Green from Riverside has doubts because the vaccine was developed so quickly that a process she believes could have been rushed. “Once it comes out I will have no problem getting it, but I feel like it’s too early,” Green said.
“They were developed quickly,” Dr. Pan said. “But based on decades of technology and technology that has happened in vaccine development. And what has really been accelerated is a lot of the manufacturing, a lot of the paperwork, and some of the people working together. for technology. “
Hannah has three children under the age of 5. She didn’t want to use her last name. She herself is vaccinated, but when it comes to her children, she’s always on the fence.
“They’ve had a whole bunch of vaccines over the past 5 years,” Hannah said. “I wouldn’t mind taking a little break before I put something else in it.”
“As a parent, these are safe and effective vaccines,” Dr Pan said. “The benefits absolutely outweigh any potential risks. And the more people we vaccinate, including children, the closer we get to this pandemic.”
Dr Pan said about 15% of our population is made up of children under the age of 12, and with the disturbing Delta variant now rapidly increasing, these unvaccinated pockets remain the most vulnerable. Still, she said, the school can be safely held in person, even with a lot of transmission of Covid-19 in the community.
“There is actually a lot you can do to protect children and school staff,” said Dr Pan. “Everything from masking, good ventilation, testing programs – all of these things really show us that it is safe for you to be in school.”
Some parents just hope that whatever decision they make, people will respect it.
“Everyone has their own beliefs,” Santana said. “If they choose to do it, choose not to do it, it’s up to them.”
Others said it was about respecting the greater good together. “It’s not just me, it’s about us,” said Gita Asgeri. “I hope they get to the point where they feel comfortable, they will and let’s be done.”
It’s a healthy debate that, at the end of the day, is about what’s best for the kids of the Coachella Valley. And what many of them are looking for is life beyond the pandemic.
“I just want it to be a normal day again and just see all of my friends without their masks,” Brooks said.
An FDA official said Thursday that vaccines for children under 12 can be expected in the middle of winter.