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Vaccination Turning Out To Be Boon For Younger Children Aged 5-11
By Ethnic Media Services

Vaccinations have allowed kids 12-17 to rejoin sports teams, drama clubs and other activities – programs that provide enrichment and help them grow into healthy adults. Younger children aged 5-11 deserve the same opportunities. These valiant little ones want to fully participate in life again. With the holiday gatherings and festivities approaching, this vaccine could not come at a better time.
(Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of California, said, the Covid-19 vaccine provides a special layer of protection for younger children aged 5-11, and protects them against other preventable diseases like measles, mumps and chicken pox. Photo: EMS)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:- The state of California experienced the most devastating point of the pandemic last winter. More than 21,000 Californians were hospitalized with Covid-19 in the last week of December, and 18,518 mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers were lost to this deadly virus in January. The light at the end of the tunnel felt out of reach.

“Today, we have the tools to help protect against another winter surge and avoid preventable hospitalizations and deaths: vaccines,” said Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who is the Surgeon General of California.

More than 87 percent of eligible Californians have received at least one dose, and the FDA’s recent authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11 is a game changer. For the first time, whole families, from the young kids to the grandparents, can have protection against Covid-19.

“As California’s first Surgeon General, I am committed to making vaccination available to every eligible Californian. And as a mom of four boys, I am reassured that by having my children vaccinated, I am doing everything I can to keep them, our family and our community safe,” said Dr. Harris.

The number of infections is increasing, largely in unvaccinated people, who are 9.5 times more likely to be hospitalized and 18.2 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than fully vaccinated people. People of color are being hardest hit. All eligible Californians need to get vaccinated or complete their vaccination series and get a booster as soon as they are eligible to help bring this pandemic to an end.

“As a pediatrician, I know how crucial vaccination is in protecting children against other preventable diseases like measles, mumps and chicken pox. The Covid-19 vaccine, which is specially dosed for children aged 5-11, offers an essential layer of protection against this deadly virus,” she said.

More than 700,000 children and adolescents in California have been infected with Covid-19. There have been more than 6,500 pediatric hospitalizations in California since July last year, and 37 young lives have been lost since the start of the pandemic. Children can experience “prolonged” Covid-19 situation and the virus can also cause Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), in which a hyperactive immune system attacks the child’s body. California alone has seen 660 of these cases, half of whom had to be hospitalized in the intensive care units.

Vaccination not only helps prevent these troubling outcomes, but also reduces spread of the virus to the loved ones, such as grandparents and others with more vulnerable immune systems.

“As the state’s leader in efforts to train providers to identify and mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma, I know that the pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on our young people,” Dr. Harris said.

“They have struggled with social isolation, attending school virtually, as well as family stressors like job loss, food or housing insecurity, Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and even the death of people they hold dear. Getting vaccinated provides kids a sense of security knowing they’re better protected and that they are protecting others from becoming infected, as well.”

It is understandable that some parents still have concerns. However, they can be assured that the Covid-19 vaccine was demonstrated to be safe and highly effective in comprehensive clinical trials with more than 4,500 children aged 5-11, and is held to the same rigorous safety and effectiveness standard as all other vaccines in the U.S.

In fact, the Covid-19 vaccines have gone through the most intensive safety monitoring in the U.S. vaccine history. Millions of youth aged 12-18 have already received the vaccine with only mild side effects. Serious side effects are rare, and the benefits of vaccination are shown to far outweigh the risks. There is no evidence, either in clinical trial data or among the millions of women, who have already received the vaccine, that it causes any fertility loss.

In contrast, vaccination is allowing more of the state’s population to safely get back to the activities they love. Thanks to the safety measures in place, combined with high vaccination rates, the schools are safer than ever. Vaccinations have allowed kids 12-17 to rejoin sports teams, drama clubs and other activities – programs that provide enrichment and help them grow into healthy adults.

Younger children aged 5-11 deserve the same opportunities. These valiant little ones want to fully participate in life again. With the holiday gatherings and festivities approaching, this vaccine could not come at a better time.

“Protect your family. Call your pediatrician or a local health clinic to schedule your child’s vaccination appointment. You can also visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255 to find a vaccination site near you,” Dr. Harris further said.

(A news story by Ethnic Media Services with Nepal24hours.com correspondent reporting input)
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