We can't end the pandemic without vaccinating kids

One reason to vaccinate children quickly is that even a small number of critical Covid-19 cases among children is worth vaccinating against. The burden of long-term effects from Covid-19 in children — including rare but serious cases of inflammatory syndrome — remains unclear, especially since many have asymptomatic infections that go undiagnosed.

But the most important and least recognized reason to vaccinate all children quickly is the possibility that the virus will continue to spread and mutate into more dangerous variants, including ones that could harm both children and adults…

The coronavirus may kill as many as one in 10,000 infected children, though some studies imply the rate is lower. That risk is significantly higher than that of serious but treatable side effects that may be seen from vaccines. The risk of severe Covid-19 is also higher for children with underlying medical conditions.

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