While we continue to provide COVID vaccine and boosters for our kids and adolescents 5 years and up, the wait is finally over to schedule our littles, 6 months – 5 years, for the Moderna COVID vaccine.
For those who are hesitating, please know that although young children are generally less likely than adults to experience the most serious outcomes of the virus, some do.
Why should you vaccinate your child against COVID?
- COVID is a risk for young children. Hospitalizations rose sharply in young childrenduring the first Omicron wave in winter 2021-22. As of May 28, 2022 there have been more than 440 COVID deaths in children under the age of 5. Over 400 families now have empty highchairs and booster seats at their tables each morning.
- We can’t predict which children will have severe illness from a COVID infection – more than half of children who have been hospitalized don’t have any underlying medical conditions.
- We can now prevent the death of children by getting them vaccinated.
- Vaccinating children can also help keep them healthy and in school, avoiding further disruption to their routines.
When it comes to the COVID vaccine for littles, we have a personal interest. While our 3 grandchildren over the age of 5 have already been vaccinated and boosted, we have been counting the days until our 3 littles could also be protected.
One of our youngest grandchildren was fortunate to participate in a blind clinical study of the Moderna vaccine to evaluate its safety and efficacy early in the pandemic. We were thrilled to find out when the study was unblinded that he received the actual vaccine. He’s scheduled to receive a booster very soon.
There are still two additional Weiss grandkids under the age of 5 who will receive their COVID vaccines as soon as possible. Needless to say, we’re thrilled.
Please join us in protecting all children.
Call or email us to schedule your child’s COVID vaccine.
We hope to see you soon!
Dr. Weiss & Diane
More information about the COVID vaccine for littles and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at The Shot of Prevention, a national nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of vaccinations for people of all ages.