Why do some people think children should get just one dose of a COVID vaccine?
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Should Teens Get Just One Dose of a COVID Vaccine?
While the Pfizer COVID vaccine is authorized on a two dose schedule for kids who are at least 12 years old, there actually are folks who have advocated for alternative schedules of just one dose or delaying the second dose.
They think it will reduce the risk of side effects, like transient myocarditis.
Unfortunately, these made up, alternative COVID vaccination schedules simply leave these teens at risk to get COVID longer, until they are fully vaccinated.
“CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.”COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
Even worse, it creates confusion, as you have “experts” providing advice that contradicts what the CDC, ACIP, FDA, AAP and other experts are telling everyone.
So ignore those pushing an alternative COVID vaccine schedule. Get a COVID-19 vaccine – two doses, at least three weeks apart – for your child who is at least 12 years old as soon as you can if you want them to be protected.
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- CDC – COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
- AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for Children and Teens Age 12 and Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
- FDA – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents in Another Important Action in Fight Against Pandemic
- ACIP – The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents Aged 12–15 Years — United States, May 2021
- CDC Director Statement on Pfizer’s Use of COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents Age 12 and Older
- Are COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Children Inflated?
- COVID-19 is Deadlier Than the Flu for Children
1 thought on “Should Teens Get Just One Dose of a COVID Vaccine?”
Oh dear, Iannelli, you are putting ALL the children at risk. Why not PUSH the line from Offit et al. (2002)? Remember, an infant can “respond” to 10,000 vaccines at one time? See Pediatrics 2002; 109: 124-129. Tell parents to get kids the shots, Iannelli. ALL the shots – over and over.