As communities continue to grapple with the deadly pandemic posed by the coronavirus, parents of children ages 5-11 have had to wait for their turn to get their kids immunized. While some eagerly await their opportunity others are still skeptical about the effectiveness of or the dangers posed by the vaccine. A media briefing featuring Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, answering questions related to the rollout, efficacy, and safety of COVID-19 vaccines for individuals ages 5-11. as the holidays approach, it’s more important than ever to ensure that families are vaccinated and the communities are protected against this deadly virus. Hosted by the Vaccinate All 58 and Stop the Spread COVID-19 public awareness campaigns Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency helped allay the concerns of many parents and communities.
Dr. Ghaly confirmed that the FDA had given clearance to vaccinate kids between the ages of 5-11 which was great news for California families. Emphasizing the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine he shared that this approval came after months and months of availability of data collected to make sure that the dose is right for this group. It is a lower dose and safe enough for the 9% of Californians that make up this group.
As a pediatrician and father of four, he shared that most of his household had received at least one dose of the covid vaccine. This is a very serious matter since many more kids have unfortunately been lost to covid than other vaccination-related issues. This is unacceptable and preventable now with the vaccine here to save lives. As a pediatrician, Dr. Ghaly shared that long-haul covid and long-term problems are real for this group. For parents wondering about the flu, he also acknowledged that kids could get the flu shot at the same time as they are getting the covid vaccine. They may experience side effects such as a low-grade fever or soreness, but these are not reasons not to take the vaccine. On boosters, there is no information yet if those will be required for kids since the science on this is evolving.