FDA Approves Young Children To Get Covid Vaccine

Audrina Natividad, News Editor

In October the FDA approved children ages five to eleven to be able to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

When the vaccine was first approved for the public only ages sixteen and older were able to get it. Although in May the approval for ages went to where twelve to fifteen-year old’s were able to get vaccinated. 

Now after a long time of questions on if children should be able to get vaccinated it’s officially approved by the FDA. And with many students at Ridgeview High School who have younger relatives they’re keeping an eye out on if it’s the right thing to do. Freshman Kelli Mckenzie is fully vaccinated and explains,  “Personally, I think getting the vaccine is the best route to go for my health along with others.”

“I don’t have any concerns about the FDA approval for children currently, but I am doing my research”, Freshman Takiyas Ott says explaining how he checks up on reliable sources for any updates on any concerns that even he should consider before getting vaccinated. 

Some students even think that children getting vaccinated is beneficial for them, talking about how kids aren’t that cautious around others when it comes to COVID-19 and how getting vaccinated can ease parents’ worries. 

“I think the vaccine will benefit them from spreading COVID at school”, said Mckenzie.  

The students even go into how children being approved of getting vaccinated can change and maybe even benefit us in the future.

“If the majority of children get vaccinated, schools may not have to strictly enforce Covid procedures anymore”, Freshman Amenda Nguyen said. “They might even fully lift them.”

The only thing that can help us get to that future is the parents’ choice on getting their children vaccinated. 

“Ways to convince parents to vaccinate their children would be showing them that kids who have been vaccinated first and show no side effects”, Mckenzie suggests. 

But some believe the best thing right now is to not to pressure the parents at all to choose whether or not parents decide to vaccinate or not vaccinate their children. 

“Again, it depends on the person’s beliefs in the vaccine, and we, as a society should not make them do something against their own will”, Nguyen reminds.