What you need to know about teens and the COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Jen Ashton details the issues parents should consider when it comes to vaccinating their kids.
1:34 | 05/17/21

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perspective for folks here, 12 to 15-year-olds are authorized to start getting vaccinated but some parents might have questions about it but also why is it necessary now, we're coming out of it, do we really need to get vaccinated? A lot of parents are asking that question. Let's go through the numbers, the latest as released by the American academy of pediatrics so we can put this in context. At this time at least there are 3.85 million documented and confirmed cases in kids, at least 15,000-plus covid-related hospitalizations in the pediatric age group, and at least 300 covid-19-related deaths, again tragic if it only were one. Right now kids and teenagers accounting for just about a quarter, 24% of all confirmed covid-19 cases. So that's a shift. In the past, they were a minority of the percentage, now much more. And I think those numbers speak volumes but aside from the numbers, what are some other things parents should consider when they're thinking about vaccinated their kids? When you talk about the benefits, you have to consider that they are part of the herd immunity goal. Whether or not that's an actual attainable goal is to be determined. But we need to vaccinate the entire population. It is unknown what the long-term risks of covid-19 are, especially in this population, so it's not only a risk of death that's important, and again, logistical, societal, we may see schools start to require proof of vaccination, so all of that, in the setting of the numbers, falls under the benefits of tomorrow, we'll look at the possible risks. All right, sounds good, thank you so much, Dr. Jen.

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