World Health Organization has always advised that people should always follow the rules and regulations put in place by the authorities regarding COVID-19. The way these rules are treated by adults in the same case should apply to children since they are at equal risks of contracting the virus and spreading it among themselves. The immunity levels are high among children below 12 years but they should not be exposed to the virus. This does not mean they are at risk of contracting the virus. Children suffering from underlying medical conditions are at risk for severe illness and symptoms. They suffer the same such as having fever, coughs, and serious effects on the respiratory systems.
Of all the vaccines available worldwide the only one that has been recently declared safe for children less than 12 years is the Pfizer –BioNTech. The vaccine is not allowed for children below 5 years (Woodworth, K. R. 2021).
The vaccine is child-friendly. Children are not to be given the same vaccine as adults. Vaccination is done in two doses and children should get both of them with a difference of three weeks. Ample preparations should be done so as a child is much aware of what to expect. Allergies ought to be made known to the health practitioner, before the vaccination. The vaccine has side effects even to children such as fever, headaches, pain in the injected area, and fatigue. Due to this many parents are hesitant to administer the vaccine to their children.
Since not all children are getting the vaccine it is advisable to always maintain safety from the virus. With these highs and lows, there are safer ways to prevent the virus from spreading. The preventive measures advised by the world health organization are still effective and are easy to observe. Wearing a mask at all times, keeping your hands clean by sanitizing, avoiding crowded places, and practicing physical distancing, and cleaning all surfaces.
Woodworth, K. R. (2021). The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in Children Aged 5–11 Years—United States, November 2021. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 70.