The COVID-19 vaccine’s safety for children

Reporter: Nicole Lauren Writer: Joey Pellegrino
Credit: WINK News

Your children could soon be eligible for vaccination, but now an emotional debate has risen among parents: Do you get your child vaccinated?

It seems some parents are hesitant, concerned about potential unknown side effects of the vaccine. One mom from Port Charlotte didn’t even want to be named or show her face on camera, afraid others would judge her decision.

“It’s a different story… with my parents, I was adamant that they get the vaccine,” the woman said. “But I think for my children, until we see a little bit more research and it’s proven that it’s something that is necessary, I think I’m going away.”

And she isn’t alone. Fellow mother Krystal Shepard says she has concerns as well, and doesn’t want her children to be “guinea pigs.”

“What’s going to happen 10 to 15 years from now? I don’t want to find out with my kids,” Shepard said. “I’m not opposed to other people feeling that they want this for their family and for themselves. I think this is the right for every person to choose for themselves what they want to put in their body. And I’m not opposed to other people taking it.”

Doctors told WINK News they can understand why some people may be hesitant to get the vaccine because of its quick rollout, but that a vast amount of resources, money and new technology allowed companies to mass-produce vaccine doses quickly and safely.

“The good thing is is that we can create vaccines quicker, it doesn’t take years and years because we have access to that technology,” said Dr. Rebekah Bernard with Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care. “But this technology really isn’t that new, it’s been around. This is just the first time it’s been able to be applied.”

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