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COVID jabs for kids: they’re safe and they work — so why is uptake so patchy?

Completing the vaccination has remained key in preventing severe COVID-19 in every age group. Amidst these ongoing waves of ‘Tri-demic’ where hospitals across the country are filing with children infected with three viruses [Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and SARS-CoV-2], the importance of complete vaccination in younger children is more important than ever. Despite being extremely safe for kids and good at preventing severe disease, the vaccination among kids aged 5 – 11 varies widely across the globe with as low as only 3% vaccination in some European countries. The most widely used vaccines in kids are the ones based on mRNA, offered to close to 90% of countries and regions across the globe. Scientists are perplexed by the fact that there is a low vaccination rate in some countries despite these mRNA vaccines being safe for everybody, including children.

Additionally, on January 11th, the FDA encouraged everyone to maintain their protection by getting a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

Since this newly approved bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is proven to have an “unparalleled” safety record, highly effective to protect against the dominant Omicron variant, also known in preventing other emerging strains and deemed effective in preventing severe COVID-19; Scientists urge everyone including young kids to be UpToDate with their vaccination against COVID-19.

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