There has been uncertainty regarding whether or not children and teenagers should get vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 — as fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults. However, children can be infected with this virus, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread COVID-19 to others.
Recently, the CDC revised their recommendations: they now recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19. One of the vaccines has been shown to be safe and effective for this age group; this is the one produced by Pfizer-BioNTech. It requires a second vaccination approximately 3 weeks after the first.
Despite the apparent safety and effectiveness of all FDA approved vaccines for COVID-19, many Americans seem reluctant to receive vaccinations. The CDC and other reputable scientific agencies continue to recommend widespread vaccination as a critical tool to help stop this pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring program in U.S. history, including studies in adolescents, the CDC reminds us.
Dr. Wayne Macfadden is Board Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience in a variety of research, clinical and academic roles. Dr. Macfadden is is a Fellow in the Philadelphia College of Physicians, and a former Fellow in the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Macfadden is also certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and had Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Wayne Macfadden has extensive clinical and research experience in the treatment of people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.