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COVID-19 Vaccine for ChildrenWhat vaccine is administered to the children, is it safe and how effective is it?
FAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine for ChildrenFAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
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FAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
Why vaccinate children if they usually develop a mild illness?
- To avoid the risk of severe illness: Even though the risk of severe illness among children infected with coronavirus is lower than among adults, some children develop severe illness, even without pre-existing conditions. Figures show that for every 900 children confirmed as COVID-19 positive, one will develop a severe illness and will require hospital care.
- To avoid long-term complications: Even after recovery from COVID-19, there are risks of complications and medium-term and long-term side effects, which include heart conditions and neurological issues, such as:
PIMS: This syndrome is considered to be the most serious complication of infection with coronavirus in children and teenagers, and it might be a life-threatening illness (most children with this condition arrive in intensive care units, and 1% to 2% of them die). 70%-80% of children suffering from this syndrome do not have any pre-existing conditions. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, more than 270 cases have been reported in Israel.
Long COVID – One in 8 recovered children continues to suffer from symptoms that linger for more 4 weeks after the acute disease stage, such as fatigue, muscle and joint pains, headaches, insomnia and breathing problems.
In addition to already documented effects, there is room for concern that similarly to other viral diseases, such as measles, mumps or hepatitis, COVID-19 may also have effects or complications that appear long after infection, sometimes even years after, even if during the infectious stage, symptoms were mild or there were no symptoms whatsoever.
- So that the children can go back to a healthy daily routine: While children's physical health is important, their mental health is just as important. Vaccination will allow children to have an uninterrupted and peaceful daily routine in the education system and in their meetings with family and friends.
- To prevent infection and to stop the pandemic: More than 50% of confirmed patients in Israel are children, since they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. In order to break the chain of infection, children aged 5 to 11 should be vaccinated as well.
Maybe we should wait a while longer with vaccination?
After vaccination, it takes the body about a month to develop antibodies. The goal is to protect the children before the next wave of coronavirus infection, and therefore it is recommended to vaccinate them as soon as possible.
Is the pediatric vaccine safe and effective?
Pfizer's vaccine has received the FDA (the American Food and Drug Administration) for children aged 5 to 11. In accordance with the clinical data among this group, on which the FDA's approval was based, it was found that the vaccine was highly safe with high efficacy in preventing symptomatic illness, severe illness, hospitalization or death.
Since the approval of the pediatric vaccine, more than one million children have received their first vaccine doses and more than 200 thousand children have been vaccinated with two vaccine doses.
The vaccine's efficacy measured among this age group is more than 90%.
You should know: Vaccination does not adversely affect either growth or fertility, and children can be vaccinated with it with no concern.
What are the side effects of the vaccine observed in children?
Side effects observed among children are similar to those observed among adults, including local pain in the injection site, fever, muscle pain, headaches and chills. However, due to the lower dosage of the pediatric vaccine, side effects in children are usually milder and more rare.
Is there any link between the vaccine and myocarditis and pericarditis?
Inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or the pericardium (pericarditis) is a rare phenomenon that usually appears following viral diseases.
According studies, myocarditis that developed following vaccination is an exceedingly rare side effect that usually involves mild clinical symptoms that pass after a short while, without leaving any long term damages to the heart muscle and its function.
In contrast, coronavirus may cause damage to the heart both during active illness and in the long run, in the form of pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS) that occurs weeks after recovery.
The risk for myocarditis as a result of infection with coronavirus is about 6 times higher compared to myocarditis as a side effect of vaccination.
In case of a child who was previously ill with myocarditis, it is recommended that you consult a cardiologist before vaccination.