Should children be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Children should be vaccinated for coronavirus in order to prevent them from contracting the virus and to also protect the people around them.

Should children be vaccinated for COVID-19?
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It is easy to lose sight of how many children in young age group have been impacted by COVID-19 given the rise mortality among older people. More than 5000 children have developed serious, full body reaction to the coronavirus which is referred to as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children mostly under the age of 11 years.

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The virus can cause fever,vomiting and diarrhea and may lead to kidney injury, heart disfunction and even death. When comparing COVID's effects  to other diseases like influenza, COVID outstands them all.
The mental health of children has been declared to be a national state of emergency by American Academy of Pediatrics due to the shutdown of social activities like schools. Vaccinating children can help them to be in school and also have a healthy life.
The vaccine will help prevent the kids from getting COVID-19. Although it is milder in children than in adults, some kids infected with the coronavirus can get sever lung infections, become very sick and require hospitalization. Children can also have complications such as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children that may require intensive care or long lasting symptoms that may affect their health and well being.

Children can transmit the virus to others if they are infected even when they have no symptoms. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can protect the child and others reducing the chances of transmitting the coronavirus to others including family members who may be more susceptible to severe consequences of the infection.
Vaccinating children can play an important role in reducing the viral transmitting of the coronavirus. It can also reduce the chances of mutating into new variants that may be more dangerous. The virus however, can transmit easily from unvaccinated children to adults giving new variants a chance to emerge. Vaccinating children will also protect the health of those living and working around children since children can easily pass it to others in th he community.

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The centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends a COVID-19 vaccine for children from 5 years old. John's Hopkins Medicine encourages all families to have eligible children vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, Pfizer's vaccine is the only approved COVID-19 vaccine for children. Parents have been encouraged to use all the available local and state resources, including retail pharmacies to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The side effects that occur in adults are the same in children. Children might feel pain at the injected part(upper arm) and could feel more tired than usual. The side effects include headache, achy muscles or joints, fever and chills. They are usually temporary and they generally clear up within 48 hours.