COVID-19 vaccine is safe for your children

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The COVID-19 vaccine has been called a medical miracle and the answer to seeing a world without the coronavirus.

More than 2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the Silver State, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Kids 12 and older can now get the Pfizer vaccine, and while many parents are seizing the opportunity, some still have reservations about how safe the vaccine is.

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“We try to explain to parents that we hear them, we understand their concerns,” says Dr. Kami Larsen, a pediatrician specialist at Nevada Health Centers. “We want to confirm the fact that they are concerned. You should be there any time you give your child a drug, whether it’s a vaccine or something else.

“But we really want to emphasize that the vaccine is safe and effective,” she said.

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Nevada Health Centers is the state’s largest federally funded health center.

“Our mission is to provide quality healthcare to those people who would not otherwise have access to it,” said Dr. Larsen.

The center offers primary care, dental services, mental health services, and more.

dr. Larsen says most children can tolerate the coronavirus better than adults; that doesn’t mean it can’t harm them.

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“There have been quite a few children who have had severe reactions to the virus. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, for example, has affected more than 3,600 children across the country,” said Dr. Larsen.

“Even for children who have not been severely affected by the virus, it is still important to prevent any serious illness, and we do that with vaccines.”

dr. Larsen says the side effects of the vaccine in children are similar to those seen in adults. “The most common things we see are body aches, fever, joint and muscle aches, maybe some nausea,” said Dr. Larsen, adding that the symptoms are usually mild.

For a list of places that currently provide vaccinations for COVID-19, click here.

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