The CDC still recommends vaccination against COVID-19 for young adults 12 and older, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics and a whole host of other medical associations.
For parents who still have lingering questions, we enlisted pediatrician and infectious disease expert Dr. Sean O’Leary, director of the Colorado Pediatric Practice-Based Research Network and vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases, to discuss the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination in greater depth.
His answers have been edited for length and clarity.
Since data collection on the vaccines is ongoing, some parents may think it’s better to put off getting their children vaccinated, or “wait and see.” Do you think that makes sense or should people get their kids vaccinated as soon as possible?
I think the sooner, the better, frankly, for everyone. That’s for two reasons. The first is that the higher the vaccination rate, the sooner we will get past all of this. And you’re probably well aware that we’re seeing COVID-19 cases rise now in most of the U.S. And that’s in the summertime when normally respiratory viruses go semi-dormant.