Ky. pediatrician says parents shouldn’t hesitate to get younger kids vaccinated

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) — Children under 12 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but that could change soon.

Laurel County, as well as most of southeastern Kentucky, has seen a lot of hesitation about vaccines.

Kids get all kinds of injections before and during school age and while it’s not yet available, those at a local pediatrician told us that parents shouldn’t hesitate to give their kids the COVID-19 vaccine whenever they can.

“Children under 12 are almost germ magnets. And they’re definitely bringing it home to people,” said Karen Likens of Hoskins Medical.

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Likens says most children affected by COVID-19 will show flu-like or severe cold symptoms, but she says the concern is that they will pass it on to someone else who may have a much harder time dealing with it.

“So, if we can get our kids vaccinated at least to reduce the number of diseases that are transmitted or passed on to other people,” Likens said.

Jennifer Tyler has an 11-year-old who she says will definitely get the shot as soon as it becomes available.

“If you do your research, you’ll find that this vaccine is very safe,” Tyler said.

If the Pfizer vaccine is approved for younger children, people can go to the health department to get it. The earliest that children five and older can receive the vaccine is estimated to be at the end of next month.

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