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One local mother and doctor says access to the COVID vaccine for her child will be a ‘huge relief’

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted to get authorization for Moderna Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for kids as young as six months.

If approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday- this could be a game-changer for parents. 

For mothers like Dr. Carla Torres-Zegarra with Children's Hospital Colorado, gaining access to COVID shots for her four-year-old will be a huge relief.

"As a mom and as a physician, having a four-year-old at home, I am ready to get her vaccine and complete her series of vaccines and we are just excited that she can be part of the group of people that can get rid of covid once and for all," said Torres-Zegarra.

Most of her family is already vaccinated- the only missing was her four-year-old. Now, she says she'll have a chance to protect her child from spreading the virus.

"It can also prevent the spread of the virus for those family members and community that could be around these children and could be getting the infection and potentially being sick. "

However, not everyone believes this to be exciting.

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that just 18% of parents will certainly vaccinate their kids under five when authorized--while 27% say they will not get their children vaccinated at all. Most are waiting to see how other children will react to it before making any decisions.

"It is actually a great thing that we can start vaccinating at a young age because this will protect them from the virus and serious illness," added Torres-Zegarra.

Experts stress that children under five years old will need to get all their shots to be protected against COVID.

Pfizer's vaccine is three doses and Moderna's is two.

The CDC is expected to follow the FDA with a formal recommendation over the weekend, if that happens shots could be available as early as next week.

For more on where to get your children vaccinated, visit the Children's Hospital Colorado website.

The hospital says they'll be working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help people find clinics for their children to get vaccinated.

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Jasmine Arenas

Jasmine is an MMJ and Anchor for Telemundo Surco and KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Jasmine here.

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  1. “get rid of covid once and for all”

    COVID will become endemic, probably already has, that was all we were shooting for or could have hoped for once it became global. If a doctor at Children’s is actually saying this, that’s really bad, that’s like someone who works for Boeing saying the world is flat. This must be a misquote? I hope?

    This kind of thing reduces vaccination rates, it doesn’t increase them, because it makes it look as if vaccine promoters are stupid.

    1. Good point. It makes it seem like her child is at a huge risk. When all the science has shown that her 4 year old is not at risk at all. So it appears to be more propaganda just to push a shot that 99% of kids do not need. Be like saying all kids need to get the shingles vaccine……

      1. WEll, there’s two reasons you might give kids the shot. The first is to reduce the risk to the kid (and as you point out that is very, very low — most kids have probably already had it asymptomatically and very, very few have had serious complications or deaths). The second is to reduce the risk of the kid being a vector, bringing the disease to someone else. This is legitimate. But while you can help reduce the spread in the community by vaccinating your kids if you choose to, you will never contribut to “getting rid of COVID once and for all” because we cannot do that. Just like we can’t get rid of the common cold or influenza. These are viruses that mutate quickly and that are global, billions and billions of people have hosted them. They will be with us ongoing and, just like the flu, if we use a vaccine against them it will have to be a new vaccine every year or few years because of new strains. We have known this from minute one of the pandemic, because it is a corona virus (a cold virus) and that’s what they are like. So for a doctor to not know that and be spreading the very, very obvious misinformation that we can “get rid of” COVID, that is really unprofessional. And if we are removing misinformation from the internet (which I don’t suggest), I guess this story should be removed as it’s obviously anti-factual. Google “CDC COVID forever” or any variation of that and it will be clear.

        1. “The second is to reduce the risk of the kid being a vector, bringing the disease to someone else.”
          So another point would be that the science shows that having the shot does not keep you from getting or spreading COVID. You can just be asymptomatic while doing so. Just like the people who got the shot and still die from covid. So it is a two fold lie being perpetuated. Any Yes, we will never get rid of COVID just like you said.

          1. I think there’s good reason to believe the vaccine slows the spread. What I have tried to do with COVID is compare the info we are getting with info on other diseases, and it’s normal for a vaccine to slow (not prevent) spread. However, there are differences with COVID and it is also reasonable for people to look into whether the vaccine has (as you are describing) essentially masked that people are carriers by stifling symptoms, which would not be a big factor for flu but would be one for COVID as isolating the sick was such an important part of control and if you don’t know who is sick you can’t do that. It’s also something to watch for, if ma ssive sudden vaccination during a pandemic warps evolutionary pressure on the virus to prevent it’s natural course. So I agree that it’s more complicated than “the vaccine will stop my kid from being a vector”, also, even if you and I don’t agree on every point on the subject.

          2. Your impression of what a shot does is very twisted. Remember that no one ever claimed that a shot would keep you from becoming infected. What is claimed, and is true, is that it lowers the chances of becoming infected, and lowers the chances of having a serious outcome if you do become infected. It seems you are still dealing only with a binary world, where everything is black and white, when the reality is that everything lies somewhere between the two extremes.
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            So Marie is correct that the vaccine does slow the spread, but of course it does not prevent it. If you understood how diseases spread, you would know that slowing the spread below a critical rate prevents it from growing out of control. That’s the goal, but it requires participation by many people, not just the better educated ones.

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