Pediatrician explains why parents shouldn’t wait to give their kids the Pfizer vax

Kids get a smaller dose of the COVID vaccine than adults because their immune systems are more robust, and they don’t require much of a viral exposure to build an antibody army, says Dr. Katherine Williamson, pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of OC. Photo by Shutterstock.

The FDA and CDC are expected to soon green-light the use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. California says it’ll be ready with more than 1 million doses when that happens.

“The part that the parents really need to realize is that your child might be one of the lucky ones who are asymptomatic,” says Dr. Katherine Williamson from Children’s Hospital of OC. “But as a pediatrician, I've seen so many kids who have had serious disease, and there are many children who have died from the COVID virus. It is time to protect them. And I tell parents — it's just not worth the risk.”

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