What Parents Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Under 5

Vaccinations against COVID-19 have been approved for adults for over a year now. And, slowly but surely, vaccines for kids have been becoming authorized as well. As of right now, children age 5 and up are able to get their vaccine, and boosters are now available for those 12 years and older.

Now, in recent news, vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years may be authorized next—and soon. It turns out that The Food and Drug Administration could expand the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to this group of people as early as the end of February!

However, while many adults have chosen to get the vaccine for themselves, not as many parents are as keen on the idea of vaccinating their children. With such a new vaccine, it can be difficult for many parents to feel comfortable with the idea, especially as the kids get younger. In fact, only 29% of kids 5-11 currently have one out of the two doses of the vaccine.

To help parents feel a bit more at ease with the idea, TODAY co-host Hoda Kotb sat down with Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health to discuss what parents should know about the vaccine.

Dr. Jha explains that the data hasn’t come out yet, but when it does in the next couple of weeks, it’ll be extremely helpful in making parents feel more comfortable. If it does come out that it’s authorized for kids 6 months to 5 years, Dr. Jha says that means the data is showing that it’s safe and effective for that age group. Otherwise, it would be turned down.

In the interview, Dr. Jha talks about how excited he is that his 10-year-old is vaccinated. He felt confident in the decision after the evidence came out that it was safe and effective for that age group—and now he can rest assured that his son is protected at school, at the mall, etc.

Of course, if you have questions, it’s always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider or pediatrician. But in the meantime, Dr. Jha was able to provide a bit more clarity on helping decide whether or not parents should feel comfortable getting the vaccine for their young child.

To check out the interview, watch the video below!

Do you have a child between 6 months and 5 years? How do you feel about the possibility of getting them vaccinated in the near future?