I am a doctor. Here’s why I chose to vaccinate my child against COVID-19

Dr. Peter Barkett

Being a parent is a joy and a responsibility. Sometimes I struggle with decisions about how to raise my children, and especially how to keep them safe. These issues have been particularly difficult during a global pandemic.

For almost two years, parents have struggled with how to balance social distancing and masking with the need for children to socialize and have a normal, happy and healthy childhood. We parents have been incredibly resilient in adapting and navigating how we best protect our children.

Now we have a little more help. The Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years, and the vaccines are available free of charge from a clinic, pharmacy or provider near you.

For the first time since the pandemic began, we have the opportunity to protect these children with a vaccine. Administered under the most intensive surveillance in American history, studies have shown that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for adults and children aged 12 and older. Now, after thorough research, studies show that the Pfizer vaccine is also safe and effective for children aged 5 and older.

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