COVID-19 has caused a lot of harm and suffering to the entire world. It has taken many lives, and people including the doctors are worried whether this COVID-19 will continue or come to an end. Still, the Indian government is the first to come with vaccinations.
Covaxin and Covishield are the vaccinations that the government first approved and released. Since then, we have received back-to-back vaccinations such as Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sputnik, Pfizer, and Zydus Cadila.
Millions of people have taken up the vaccination, and now it is time for the kids to take up the vaccination. Food and drug administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children above 5 – 12 years.
After a lengthy discussion, a panel of advisers recommended authorizing the two-dose vaccine for kids ages 5 – 11. The group decided that the vaccine was safe and effective for preventing infections. They have approved two 10-microgram doses of the vaccine, one-third the dose given to adults, three weeks apart.
The vaccine is 90% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, which they have experimented with for 2,268 children. They have already approved the Pfizer vaccine for children above 12 years.
Centers for disease control and prevention will give their recommendations to states next week. Once CDC approves, the vaccination will be available for kids below 12 years by November.
The U.S. president Biden and his administration had already announced that it had procured enough of Pfizer’s vaccine to 28 million children of its country below 12 years. It has planned vaccinations available free of cost at doctor’s offices, children’s hospitals, pharmacies, and school and community-based clinics.
Pfizer so far is the only vaccination that has been approved for all ages. Vaccinating kids is beneficial and will help keep kids in school and participate in the things they love. Children vaccinated with Pfizer are less likely to get infected and hence more likely to continue to participate with fewer interruptions in school attendance and other activities.
The Pfizer vaccine varies from kids to adults, from 10 micrograms to 30 micrograms, depending on their age.
The vaccine for kids can be stored for ten weeks in a refrigerator, compared to adults, which can be kept in a freezer for up to two weeks. All the versions are stored in an ultracold freezer (minus 80 degrees Celsius) until expiration.
The kid’s vaccines will have orange caps to be differentiated easily from the ages 12-17 with purple-capped vaccines. It will ensure that all children receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine receive the prescribed dose.
COVID-19 has not affected the kids the most as it has affected the adults. However, there are chances of them getting sick or hospitalized. According to the reports, 94 COVID-related deaths in children aged 5-12, 1.7% of deaths in that age group. Children suffering from diabetes, asthma, obesity, or other health issues are at higher risk of COVID. Compared to White and Asian children between the ages of 5 and 11, hospitalization rates for COVID-19 are more than three times higher for Black, Latin, and Native American children.
The observed rates of COVID-19 are higher than adults than children. The ratio of children diagnosed with COVID when compared to adults is 1:20. The children diagnosed with COVID-19 symptoms have not lasted more than four weeks.
After injecting the Pfizer vaccine, the adverse effects on children were usually mild, which was noticed in the first two days. The most common side effects are fatigue, headache, and muscle pain.
But, there were no symptoms of myocarditis, which is a type of heart muscle inflammation in three months. According to the CDC, heart inflammation caused by the virus is generally more severe than cases associated with vaccination, which typically react well to medicine and rest. It is a rare side effect seen in teens or young teens after being injected with the Pfizer vaccine.
Newborn babies are more likely to get affected by Covid-19. They might be at higher risk of severe illness than older children because of their developing immune systems and smaller airways. It increases their likelihood of developing respiratory problems with respiratory viral infections.
Newborns can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 during childbirth or through the exposure of sick caregivers after birth. It has been advised that the mother infected with COVID-19 has to be separated temporarily from the newborn. Vaccination of children would also help prevent cases in older adults and those at risk of becoming infected.
In general, the symptoms of COVID-19 in children and babies are lesser than in adults, and some infected children do not have any indications of disease.
COVID-19 Symptoms For Children And Adults Include
Fever and cough are obvious indications of Covid-19 in both adults and children. Children can also experience pneumonia with or without apparent symptoms and experience sore throat, excessive fatigue, or diarrhea.
However, severe illness related to COVID-19 is possible, and it is recommended that parents remain vigilant if their children are diagnosed or if signs of disease are expected.
Most parents whose kids are not vaccinated have been concerned about sending their kids to school. But it is recommended that they send their kids to school, adhering to the rules and regulations of Covid-19. All staff, teachers, and visitors have to follow the rules even in school. So far, all teachers and staff have been vaccinated, so it should not be a problem.
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