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Can My Child Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Yet? Fall 2021 Update

The entire world population needs to receive the vaccination to return to normal life and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccines for coronavirus (not the variants) are available free around the world. These vaccines are for all adults and children of age 12 or above. Experts believe that they will soon make the groundbreaking discovery of a vaccine for kids aged 5 or above. Parents and families remain concerned whether their children (especially those under five) are safe or not. Clinical trials for children nearly six months old are underway to produce effective and safe COVID vaccines.

Now that the new strains of COVID-19 are spreading, you must get the COVID vaccine immediately if you haven’t before. The Delta COVID-19 variant is far more contagious, fatal, and infectious. But since children under the age of 12 aren’t eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine yet, parents are concerned and what the best options are.

Vaccines for Children Under 12 Years of Age

Multiple manufacturers of the COVID vaccine around the world are developing COVID vaccines for children of age 5 and above. According to experts, Pfizer-BioNTech will soon request officials to use its COVID19 vaccine for children aged 5 or older. The preparations are in process, and the company will soon roll out the vaccines. China reduced the age limit for its vaccines during the immunization campaign. Health authorities of China approved the Sinovac vaccine’s emergency use for children aged three years and above.

Further, Chile is dependent on the Sinovac vaccine for the immunization of its population. Quite recently, the country approved the vaccine’s use for children of age 6 years and above. On the other hand, the health ministry of Israel allowed the use of Pfizer-BioNTech in children of age 5. However, according to the Israeli health ministry, only those children aged 5 or above can get the vaccines who have conditions putting them at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

As a responsible parent, view the vaccination regulation and rules of your country and locality. If, in your resident state, your kid is eligible for a COVID vaccine, you should immediately reach out to the nearest urgent care center with your kid. Since the newer virus strains are more dangerous and contagious, getting a vaccine is of paramount importance.

Consult with your child’s primary healthcare provider regarding the use of specific vaccine usage. They will guide you about the previous health history of your child and conditions that may (potentially) contradict with vaccination. Maintain social distance, wear the mask, and ensure the exposure to potentially harmful spaces remains limited.