Dec. 14, 2020 (St. Paul, MN) – As the distribution of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine draws near now that the first vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) is urging all adults to receive the immunization in an effort to curb the spread and further protect children and teens, who have been impacted by this devastating disease in multiple ways.
Infants, children, and teens under the age of 16 have not been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to receive the first wave of COVID-19 vaccine doses, due to a lack of information in vaccine trials for younger recipients. Adults in Minnesota can take a crucial step toward safeguarding the state’s youngest residents by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine while research is being done on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for children and adolescents.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, children and teens between the ages of 0-19 make up approximately 16 percent of the total positive COVID cases the state has seen. Yet even children who have not contracted COVID-19 are suffering the repercussions of this global pandemic that has dramatically altered their childhood. By receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Minnesota’s adult population has the opportunity to slow the spread of the virus, reducing the number of children who may become sick, hospitalized, or asymptomatic carriers. With an immunized adult population and continued mask wearing and social distancing, it is possible that Minnesota’s children could safely return to schools, sports, and other activities that are important for their physical, mental, and emotional development.
Vaccines prevent illness and save lives. Decades of research prove this to be true. Pediatricians are still here for Minnesota’s children and families and strongly recommend that children continue to come in for their regular check-ups and routine vaccinations to stay healthy. If you think your child is sick, call your pediatrician to determine the best next step.