State Senator Jim Gaughran joined local parents and pediatricians for a virtual discussion on common questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine for children. We hope this roundtable discussion can help answer frequently asked questions we have received regarding the decision to vaccinate your children
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Our Roundtable included Jim Gaughran, Plainview parents Ellie & Rachel, Dr. Shetal Shah, Dr. Eve Krief, Dr. Leonard Krilov & Dr. Sara Siddiqui. Below are the 8 questions we discussed, and the section of the video they were asked at.
- Why should children be immunized against COVID if they are not dying from it in the numbers seen in older adults?
- I heard only children with medical conditions need to be immunized, is this true? What about healthy kids?
- Why should I have my child immunized when the adult vaccination rate is high and the overall percent positivity rate, in Nassau and Suffolk is lower than the rest of the country?
- Is the data the FDA used to make its determination on the safety of vaccination sound? Can you explain it to me?
- Have we really looked at the children who were immunized long enough to know these vaccines are safe and won’t harm children in the long-term?
- What side effects should I look for after vaccination?
- Where can I get vaccinated?
- There is a lot of fiction out there about COVID and the vaccine, particularly on the internet and social media, what resources do pediatricians trust for parents to learn more about vaccination?
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