Back to School Checklist

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

The end of the summer signifies the beginning of the school season. This is the time that parents are receiving those hefty Back-to-School shopping list. One of the most important things that is probably missing from that list is, The Pfizer Vaccine. As we reintegrate into schools this year, we want to send our children back to school with all the necessities. The Pfizer Vaccine has been approved for children 12 years old and up.

Community Schools have always been a hub for outbreaks, such as MRSA, Influenza and other viral infectious diseases. In the school setting, children are less likely to practice good hygiene and safety precautions. The fight against Coronavirus continues as we strive to vaccinate and protect the masses. Teachers, staff and childcare workers have already began the process of protecting our students by receiving the vaccination themselves.

Children under the age of 18 years old have been identified as having a lower risk to Covid-19. However, having a lower risk does not mean they are protected from the deadly virus. As the virus continues to mutate and change, we have seen the ages of patients being affected as well. The virus can attack anyone, and can also be transmitted without any knowledge. Vaccinating children helps protect the overall community and those with weaker and compromised immune systems.

Can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The FDA and the CDC have recently expanded the reach of the vaccine to ages 12 years old and older. This means the FDA and the CDC determined that clinical trials show this vaccine is safe and effective for kids in this age range. Current safety and efficacy testing of the vaccines for children ages 2 and up may lead to authorization of one or more of the COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids in the months ahead.

Should I consider getting my child vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. Although COVID-19 in children is usually milder than in adults, some kids can get very sick and have complications or long-lasting symptoms that affect their health and well-being. The virus can cause death in children although this is rarer than for adults.

Like adults, children also can transmit the coronavirus to others if they’re infected, even when no symptoms are present. The COVID-19 vaccine protects against this potential harm to the child and others, including family members and friends who may be susceptible.

Does going back to school increase my child’s risk of catching or transmitting the coronavirus?

According to a report published by the CDC, going back to in-person school is not a major COVID-19 risk factor for children if they maintain prevention measures such as wearing masks and physical distancing. Attending parties, playdates and in-person family gatherings such as weddings and funerals is associated with a higher risk of children testing positive for the coronavirus. Having your teen or child vaccinated as soon as he or she is eligible will help prevent infections and spread of COVID-19.

ZÖe Pediatrics is committed to the education and information about COVID-19. Go online and schedule your appointment today for your COVID-19 Vaccine.

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