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SWFL pediatrician answers your questions about COVID-19 vaccines for young children

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The Golisano Children’s Hospital is hosting a children’s COVID-19 vaccination event on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to noon so that parents can protect their children aged 5 and above. Because parents have a lot of questions, WINK News brought some to Dr. Stephanie Stovall, a Golisano pediatrician.

What are the short-term effects for children who receive the injection?

“Most children have no side effects. The most common are arm pain. Some of the children in the studies did have some fever and some shakiness, a bit like adults who had been vaccinated. But when they compared the incidence of short-term side effects in children aged 5 to 11 with the older population aged 16 to 25, the incidence of side effects was significantly lower.”

What about any myocardial problems that could develop from the vaccine?

“We can say that when we look at the myocardial symptoms of COVID[-19], they are more common in the older population, so they may not be as common in the younger population with vaccine either. But I think it’s too early to know that from a vaccine perspective; the good thing about vaccine-associated myocardial inflammation is that these patients reverse that inflammation very quickly. Most of them do not require hospitalization, especially not long-term hospitalization.”

If my child already had COVID-19, especially if the symptoms were mild, why would they even need a vaccine?

“Unfortunately, we know that you are not as well protected against a new infection with a different variant, or a repeat infection with the same variant or a minor change. With natural immunity alone, your child is still at risk, even if they have recovered in the past. We also know that vaccination is more effective and that unfortunately many children are not lucky enough to get out of COVID[-19] without some of those ill effects of the infection.”

I absolutely do not have my child vaccinated and I advise other parents not to do so.

‘All I can advise is – based on my own experience, based on my own training, my literature review – that that is a mistake. Children are harmed by COVID[-19]. The vaccine is safe, it is effective. It prevents hospital admissions, it prevents long-term COVID[-19] symptoms, and it prevents unnecessary deaths.”

Thank you to everyone who sent questions to WINK News. Stovall encourages parents to trust their pediatricians, who she emphasizes care about what’s best for your children.