The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that received emergency use authorization for this age group is a mRNA vaccine. Researchers have been working with mRNA vaccines for decades. This is not a new technology. This is just the first time they have been used on the mass market.
Based on the clinical trials, side effects in children mirrored exactly what has been seen in adults, lasting only a day or two. The most common side effects have been pain at the injection site, headache and fatigue.
There’s this idea that kids don’t get sick from COVID-19. I’m here to say they do. Even in mild cases, some children still experience long-term side effects, like brain fog or fatigue. Every parent will need to weigh the risk/benefit of vaccination and make a decision that’s best for their family. But for me, I trust the science. The COVID-19 virus remains unpredictable and getting vaccinated is our best defense.
Remember that vaccination is not new – it has helped humans fight infectious diseases for centuries. We’ve controlled diseases like polio, whooping cough and measles, all due to vaccination. It’s time to add COVID-19 to this list.
Adam Mezoff, MD is the chief medical officer and a pediatric gastroenterologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital.