‘COVID-19 Vaccines + Kids Town Hall’ Answers Your Questions About CBSN New York – CBS New York – Community News
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‘COVID-19 Vaccines + Kids Town Hall’ Answers Your Questions About CBSN New York – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Now that children as young as five can be vaccinated against COVID-19, we know that some parents and carers may have questions.

CBS2 assembled a panel of physicians and infectious disease experts to answer them. All questions were submitted to CBS2 by viewers.

The town hall was not sponsored by a drug manufacturer and the medical professionals on the panel do not sit on the board of any of the vaccine makers.

Watch the full special —

One viewer asked, “If you’ve had COVID and have a natural immunity, why do they need an injection?”

“There’s been a lot of evaluation of what happens after people have COVID and how long that protection lasts if they’re not vaccinated, and what we’re seeing is after about 90 days that protection that you get when you’re infected starts to wear off. And there are people who have that protection for eight months, but that’s very unpredictable and people are at risk of getting COVID a second time,” said Dr Kevin Slavin of Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health.

Another viewer asked, “What are the ingredients of the COVID-19 vaccine?”

“It’s a very simple vaccine, so we like to say that there’s basically some sugar, some salt, the protein and the fat layer that helps it slip into the cell. It’s really a very, very simple and straight forward vaccine,” says Dr. Melissa Stockwell of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University.

“And is that one of the reasons they were able to track it a little fast?” Wragge asked.

“Yeah, the technology had been in the game for a number of years, so it wasn’t like this just happened. They had actually used this technology for vaccines against Ebola and other other forms of SARS, so MERS was the other. And this, so the technology was there, it just applied it to COVID. This is why it has accelerated vaccine production,” said Dr. Suzette Oyeku of Montefiore Children’s Hospital.