Baton Rouge parents debate COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years-old

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- More than 28-million children now have access to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine thanks to approval from the CDC and the FDA.

Now, children from the ages of 5 to 11 are eligible for the Covid-19 shot.

Some Baton Rouge parents and family members are happy.

“It’s definitely very important and an awesome step to be making allow children to be vaccinated,” said Katie Campell, older sister.

“My children are older than that but if I had children that age I would not hesitate to get them vaccinated,” said Bryon Henderson, father.

5 to11-year-olds will receive two shots, three weeks apart. Their dose will be one third of the amount given to adults and teens.

“It’s unlikely you are going to have a side effect compared to you’re going to get Covid-19,” said Dr. Byron Jasper, Byja Baton Rouge Clinic.

Doctor Byron Jasper says some parents on the fence. He says it’s rare for young children to develop long term side effects from the shot.

“The side effect of Myocarditis which is inflammation of the heart muscle is actually more common in those about 16 years old up to 29 years old and those who are male. So those in the 5 to 11 year old category are even more rare in that class,” he said.

Preston Johnson is a father of four. His two eldest children are fully vaccinated. He plans to vaccinate his five and nine year old to bring them a sense of normalcy.

“We probably just go get vaccinated and do our part to kinda keep everybody safe,” Johnson said.

As of now it’s unclear if local school districts will mandate the shot. The Louisiana Department of Health is reviewing the CDC’s guideline and plans to announce what this means for the state.

These vaccinations can begin immediately.

More information on the covid-19 shot is available here.

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