Schools in the Monadnock region were approved to host clinics to administer a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the two dose Pfizer vaccine for children ages five to 11 earlier in November. With the effectiveness of the vaccine still dividing the nation, I think parents should take a step back from vaccinating their kids so soon.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has passed safety and efficacy standards by the CDC, but we have seen the vaccine in adults show some side effects and wavers in efficiency. With the approval being very recent, we have yet to see if this vaccine holds long term effects, good or bad.

When it comes to adults getting the vaccine, they have the choice to carry through with getting the vaccine regardless of whether or not they are considering future side effects. Parents getting their kids vaccinated so soon might be a negative thing in the future. There is still so much about the COVID-19 vaccines we the public don’t know. I have to consider giving children the vaccine hasty until we can see the full effects of the vaccine on adults.

I, in my own research, have seen both the good and bad effects of the Pfizer vaccine in adults. I am not suggesting the vaccine is universally bad. There does, however, need to be conversation about the unprecedented speed of the approval and administration of the Pfizer vaccine. Even the mumps vaccine took a whole four years before it was given to the public. The modern mumps vaccine was distributed that fast because of the World War II groundwork set throughout the 1940s and 1950s. There were incremental breakthroughs for the mumps vaccine in the chase for polio and measles vaccines. The development of the mumps vaccine was due to prior, twentysome years worth of research already available before they started making it.

The research around vaccines for the corona virus has been nothing the United States’s scientific and medical community has ever seen. Those skeptical of the vaccine developments are being reasonable to an extent. But, until further research is conducted on the long effects of the vaccines, I think other protocols can be taken for children outside of the vaccine.


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