Forums address teens’ concerns about COVID vaccine
Published: 05/27/2021 19:07:44
A series of virtual town halls aims to answer questions from families about adolescents receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vermont chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has hosted a dozen family forums since last Thursday.
“We really wanted to plan awareness events and give families the opportunity to hear the information, but also really want to have a conversation with local pediatricians and family physicians,” said the CEO of the AAPVT, Stephanie Winters.
Earlier this month, the United States Food and Drug Administration cleared the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use by children as young as 12 years old. Since then, the state has organized clinics in communities across the state in an effort to attract young people. vaccinated.
“The engagement of families has been really impressive,” she said. “People are really looking for information and really participating in the process.”
Winters said the questions focused on the length of the vaccine study and potential complications in children with special health needs. She added that parents and guardians are also asking questions about any misinformation they might come across.
However, she said, people who might try to spread this misinformation have not presented themselves on the forums.
“The families and people who have joined us are really trying to get information and have very good and sincere questions,” she said.
Dr. Rebecca Bell, President of AAPVT, unveiled some of the science behind vaccines and explained how they were approved for human use so quickly.
“If you had told me a year ago that we would have a number of safe and effective vaccines… I don’t know if I would have believed that,” she said. “It’s amazing how effective these vaccines are.”
Bell acknowledged that people are used to vaccines taking longer to be approved, but explained that when COVID-19 hit last year, beating it became the “top priority”, which has resulted in increased funding and collaboration.
She then explained the science behind the mRNA, or messenger RNA, molecules used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which tell the body how to make proteins to help fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
While Rubin acknowledged that children who contract COVID-19 may not get as sick as adults, they can still get sick. Rubin noted that to date, more than 300 children have died from COVID-19 nationwide.
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