Doctors “highly” recommend COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 and up

ORLANDO, Fla, — Since the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, doctors at AdventHealth are encouraging parents to get their kids vaccinated.

Dr. Fatma Levent with AdventHealth said parents should not be concerned about the safety of the use of vaccines for children.

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“We highly recommend the vaccine. It is very safe and effective”, Levent said.

A recent survey found about 10% of parents who responded think that children can’t get COVID-19.

Levant said while many children with COVID-19 may show mild or almost no symptoms, they have seen some children develop serious health issues.

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“Some are coming in with no background of any other disease, but getting COVID-pneumonia or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children,” Levent said.

Doctors point out the unknown long-term effects of the virus, and otherwise, healthy children could develop other serious health issues down the road.

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The FDA has yet to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12, but that decision may not be far off.

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