With the vaccine coming out soon for many elderly and high-risk groups in our world, we wanted to touch base to find out if you think giving the kids the new COVID-19 vaccine is a good idea? As with most parental decisions, typically a vaccine decision would be a personal choice within your family unit but this vaccine seems to be one that may be required for your kids to attend daycare or school.
While we don’t know what the future holds for requirements with this vaccine, we can discuss more about the vaccine to help you determine if this is a good option for your family. As you sit and discuss the pros and cons of giving your kids the COVID vaccine, we hope that this information provides a valuable resource for you to make an educated decision.
At this moment our research tells us that the vaccine is going to go to the higher risk groups of citizens and then other individuals. The discussion of kids being vaccinated is still on the table, based on what we’ve read. This means you’ll have some time here to determine what’s best for your family and kids. This means, unless your family includes a frontline health worker or other at-risk individuals, the vaccine won’t become a part of your parenting decisions for a bit later on in the year of possibly 2021 or further.
Since kids’ immune systems are different than adults, the vaccine must undergo certain trials with children who are 16 and older, 12 and older, and then branch into younger infants for vaccine trials. Right now they do have a trial underway for children who are in the teenage group and tween group to see how they respond to a child version of the Covid-19 vaccine.
How to Make the Decision on Vaccine
Now that we’ve shared some information, and do read other updated information online about the vaccine as it’s constantly changing, we wanted to share some tips to help you decide to vaccinate your kids with the covid vaccine or not.
Think About the Risks
The first step with any medication, vaccine, or decision as a parent is to weigh the risks involved with treatment. You’ll want to do your due diligence in reviewing the information available to determine if this vaccine is going to be safe for your kids. This may mean waiting a bit before having your kids take the vaccine so that you can witness the side effects that occur over time with others who opt for this.
Talk With Your Teens
Teenagers are old enough to have some opinions of their own. You may find that your teenagers are willing to take the vaccine so that they can “get on with their lives”, or that they have concerns of their own. This talk with your teens will help you understand what they’re thinking, how they’re feeling, and in turn, make an educated decision that’s best for them right now.
Chat With Your Spouse
Lastly, you’ll want to have a chat with your spouse to determine how you both feel about giving your kids this vaccine. You might find that your spouse has an opposing view from you and this will have to be settled so that you can make a united decision on whether to give your kids the covid vaccine or not. Listen to each other and engage in dialogue that will help you both move forward with a decision.
While this is still something fairly new to handle and deal with as a parent, we’re confident that our tips shared above will help you decide whether you should give your kids the covid vaccine or not.