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Corona vaccination for small children in New York starts slowly

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Status: 06/30/2022 03:25

In the United States, young children aged six months to five years can now also be vaccinated against the corona virus. In New York, where half a million young children would be eligible, vaccination is starting slowly.

By Antje Passenheim, ARD Studio New York

No more home for Covid. Not even for the little ones. There is not always a shovel without tears. But She is in a good mood. Laughing and proud, the three-and-a-half-year-old walks into a drugstore on the outskirts of New York, holding her parents’ hand.

They are among the very first to have the youngest members of their family vaccinated in just over a week.

“Is that right?”

The little girl asks in amazement if that was it as she leaves the pharmacy vaccination booth – in the metropolis that was the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States just over two years ago. She was only a year old then. After the sting, her mother Tracy is relieved.

I would say it was both wonderful and disappointing late. We have waited too long for this day. And I feel better now. She was restricted. For example, she couldn’t go to kindergarten for a long time because her father had Covid and she couldn’t get the vaccine herself.

It’s over now: About 19 million children between the ages of six months and five years in the United States are eligible for the first dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Nearly half a million young children are eligible for vaccination

In New York, nearly half a million infants can be freed from many restrictions with this shovel, says Mount Sinai Hospital pediatrician Nils Henning.

There are also the children who were unable to wear their masks, these are the children who were unable to go to birthday parties. These are children who have not been able to see their grandparents for a long time.

So far, however, the very large wave of vaccinations, as in the case of adults, has not materialized. While around 60% of 5-17 year olds in New York are fully vaccinated, it will take longer for the little ones. In a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, only one in five parents said they wanted to have their toddler vaccinated immediately. Belongs to the most careful mothers Katherine McHugh:

I am definitely pro-vaccination and my kids have been vaccinated against everything since they were little. But I am skeptical about the Covid vaccination for them. There are no mature data. We don’t know what effect it will have on this little body in a few years.

Experts: Parents underestimate the dangers of infection

However, parents might as well wonder what consequences a Covid infection can have on their little ones, explains pediatrician Henning. Many mothers and fathers have underestimated the dangers.

In the United States, Covid is one of the ten leading causes of death in children. But many parents are not aware of this at first.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 400 children under the age of four in the United States had not survived corona disease by the end of May. Vaccination not only reduces the risk of serious diseases for small children, my pediatrician Henning:

The more people, including children, who are immunized, the more they protect their friends, family and community. And what is also important: the higher the vaccination rate, the lower the probability that the corona virus will mutate into other variants.

Finally, there are no unvaccinated members of her family, Tracey, Elle’s mother, says as they leave the pharmacy. From now on, the youngest would be part of society again – like everyone else.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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