THINGS WE HAVE MISSED BECAUSE OF THE COVID PANDEMIC:
- Triathlon I’d trained for (where I was team captain)
- My sister’s entire pregnancy + birth of my niece
- MANY. BIRTHDAYS.
- Family gatherings and reunions
- Seeing sweet smiles
Pandemic fatigue. Oy. It is SO real.
Every person living through this crazy time in history is struggling in one way or another due to the impact of COVID-19. And this includes our kids. They say kids are resilient – and they absolutely are – but this doesn’t mean they haven’t been profoundly impacted by what we’ve all been through the past two years.
While basic prevention measures such as mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing are still important, COVID vaccines are the most effective way of fighting and ending the pandemic. And now that everyone in the United States ages 5 and older is eligible to be vaccinated, we have reason to hope that a return to normalcy is possible. It is more important than ever that we seek out and consume facts about COVID vaccines so that each of us can make the best decision for our family regarding vaccination.
Coastal Bend Mom Collective is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide families with scientific facts about COVID-19 vaccines to empower them to make these decisions for themselves.
Together, #WeCanDoThis: move towards an end to the pandemic and return to normal life for our families.
Just the facts on COVID-19 Vaccines
- Safety is a top priority.Millions of people have safely received COVID vaccines under the most rigorous safety monitoring in U.S. history. COVID vaccines are the most closely monitored vaccines in U.S. history and are being monitored just as closely in children.
- Vaccines work.COVID vaccines help prevent severe illness and death from COVID.
Almost 8 million Americans under 18 have gotten COVID. Since August, hospitalization rates for children with COVID have reached record highs.
But great news! Everyone in the U.S. age 5 or older is now eligible to get vaccinated.
Children ages 5 and older can get the same safe, effective protection from COVID that hundreds of millions of American adults have received. While it’s rare for children to become seriously ill from COVID, it is possible. Coupled with the fact that experts aren’t sure what the long-term impacts of COVID-19 infection are, it’s clear that protection measures should be taken.
Because of this, CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend all children 5 and older get a COVID vaccine as soon as possible. COVID vaccines are given to children ages 5-11 in a smaller dose that has been tailored for younger children.
What about side effects?
In clinical trials, children had the same kinds of temporary side effects from COVID vaccines that adults have. One day of discomfort sure beats multiple days out of school or, worse, hospitalization!
Where can I find a vaccine for my child?
Vaccinations are easily accessible. Visit vaccines.gov or check with your child’s school or health care provider to see if they are offering vaccination clinics, as many are!
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect our families and make life safer for everyone.
Moms, let’s put an end to pandemic fatigue and get back to living. We owe it to our kids, and ourselves, to work together in order to end this pandemic.
Together, We Can Do This.
For more information or to find vaccines near you, visit vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX), or call 1-800-232-0233.
Still have questions or concerns about vaccinating your kids? Talk to your child’s doctor, as you would about any other health related issue with your child. You can also do more research by visiting cdc.gov/coronavirus.