Doctors: Vaccinating children fills vital gap in COVID-19 vaccine landscape

By Emily Friese,

The recent approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old opens the possibility of vaccinating the last large remaining segment of the population, according to doctors. 

“Vaccination of school-aged children is a major development in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Joseph McBride, adult and pediatric infectious disease specialist, UW Health, and assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health said. “Vaccination decreases the risks of the virus in the children, facilitates return of in-person school, sports and activities, all while helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 to their family members and community at large.”

Parents may still have questions, like how to schedule a vaccine appointment, and about some of the side effects of the Pfizer shot.

Scheduling an appointment at UW Health can be done at Appointments are also available on Public Health Madison and Dane County’s website and outside Dane County at vaccines.govRead more …