Editorial

Please seek trusted sources for vaccine questions

Saturday, May 29, 2021
AP File

Parents have a new and difficult decision facing them.

At least one COVID-19 vaccine is available for children as young as 12, the Pfizer shot. Moderna is also on track to get approved by the FDA for children.

While many of us have opted to get vaccinated ourselves, making that decision for our children can be harder. Especially with something we can feel we donít have enough information about.

We want to urge everyone to seek out trusted sources as you make this decision.

Call your family physician and make an appointment to talk about the vaccine and any questions you may have.

Donít hold back if youíre feeling uneasy. Write down what your worries are before the appointment, so you can be sure you donít forget anything.

There is also additional information at websites like, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.h....

Our local health department is also considering offering the vaccine to children and is asking the public for feedback on their interest in that. Health professionals there can also answer questions.

But please make sure to look for trusted sources. There are a lot of misleading and false sources online and on social media. Some of them come from well-intentioned, but misinformed people. And some of them come from people who just seek to cause strife and harm.

Either way, as you consider this vaccine, please make sure to seek out the right people to get answers.

While children are far less likely than adults to get seriously ill from COVID-19, they represent about 14% of the nationís coronavirus cases, according to a tally by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Weíd also like to know what you think. Take our poll at www.darnews.com and on our Facebook page, Will you seek out a COVID-19 vaccine for your children?

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