By Nick Zelaya Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved Covid-19 vaccines for kids between the ages of 5 to 11 for the first time since the vaccines were given out to the public. Parents are wasting no time getting their children the shot as appointments across pharmacies have been filling out quickly. Manlius Pebble Hill School, a private Pre-K to 12th grade in Syracuse, has students in the 5-11 age range, and the news of the vaccine eligibility is a positive for parents and their kids.
“I think it will reduce stress for parents of this age group,” Christine Civello said, the nurse at MPS. “A good portion of our parents have been waiting for this. They are very excited. Their kids are excited.”
One of those parents who is excited is Shelley Crawford, who has a middle school son in the Syracuse area. She named several things that Covid has made difficult for her child’s school experience, but what’s most unfair for Crawford is that it took so long for young kids to get the shot and protect their own health.
“It wasn’t right for only the teachers to be vaccinated and not have the students vaccinated, because everyone’s health is a concern,” she said.
According to the White House, nearly one million kids between 5 and 11 have received at least their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine, with 700,000 appointments scheduled at pharmacies in the coming weeks across the nation. The demand has been high for kids getting their Covid-19 shot, and it’s now available to about 28 million children across the US. Plus with the holiday season coming and more family gatherings for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, the vaccine is crucial for everyone regardless of age.
“They [students] have grandparents and relatives and neighbors and people they interact with that are at risk, and if they get Covid, they’re going to get severe Covid,” Civello said. “Because all of those big travel holidays are coming. We even have families travelling for Veteran’s Day so the sooner the better, even one dose is a start.”
If a family member is interested in getting the Covid-19 vaccine, there are openings at most local pharmacies to sign up.