Why there have been no authorized Covid-19 Vaccines for Under 12 years and how you can protect your child
The immunity levels are high among children below 12 years but they should not be exposed to the disease. With this, there is no approved vaccine for them. However, the WHO is trying its level best to ensure that soon there will be an available safe vaccine for the children. (Kamidani at el 2021) Although, the side effect seen in adults will be the same for them. The pain in the arms, especially the injected area, fever, and headaches clear within 48hours after vaccination.
Adults should take the vaccine to protect their children. It’s very sad to see an adult who can be protected by the vaccine fail and spread the disease to an innocent child who cannot get the vaccine. Children can get sick, spread the disease and thus they should always be protected at all costs.
Children should wear masks at all times they are outside or in crowded places since children are less cautious with whom they interact with while playing. (Balachandar at el 2020) Some factors should be considered before a child wears a mask; are they able to appropriately wear the mask and have it on at all times, is there adequate and constant supervision by an adult, the transmission rates at the area, access to the right mask, who they are interacting with and how often should the mask be changed and the interaction rates of the child.
Children should not be subjected to crowded places. Even at school, they should be subjected to maintain a 1-meter distance. (Balachandar at el 2020) Bearing in mind that these children are very obedient they follow the rules given to them without complaining unlike the adults
Most important of all children should wash their hands and sanitize frequently, to stop the spread among themselves. Whether indoors, or outdoors hands should be clean to kill the virus. (Balachandar at el 2020).Docsun Biomed Report on COVID-19 Vaccine for Children – Docsun Computation MedLab
Kamidani, S., Rostad, C. A., & Anderson, E. J. (2021). COVID-19 vaccine development: a pediatric perspective. Current opinion in pediatrics, 33(1), 144-151.
Balachandar, V., Mahalaxmi, I., Kaavya, J., Vivekanandhan, G., Ajithkumar, S., Arul, N., … & Devi, S. M. (2020). COVID-19: emerging protective measures. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci, 24(6), 3422-3425.