AUSTIN (KXAN) — The White House says vaccinating children against Covid-19 is off to a strong start with 900,000 children ages 5-11 already receiving their first dose of the vaccine.
“I think the challenge here is that older kids are only half vaccinated,” said Dr. Atul Grover, the executive director of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
dr. Grover said health leaders need to make sure parents know the vaccine is available, “we need to explain it well and we need to make it easy for them.”
The vaccine comes as the Austin Independent School District sees an increase in Covid-19 cases and has changed the quarantine process for students.
“We have about a third of parents who say they will not have their children vaccinated,” said Dr. coarser. “I hope they’re willing to talk to their pediatricians — to people in their community who have been vaccinated — to those who are a little bit sicker or older around those kids.”
dr. Grover said parents should talk to their pediatrician to plan the vaccine and ask any questions.
As for the side effects of the vaccine for children, “children are quite resilient to getting vaccines,” said Dr. coarser. “They may feel a little sick or sore for a day.”
Aside from their own medical provider, people can schedule vaccination visits with Austin Public Health.