“The Covid-19 is safe. Vaccinate your children” – pediatrician
Although science has proven the effectiveness of the vaccine against Covid-19 there is still quite a bit of skepticism about administrating the vaccine, especially as far as adolescents are concerned. Some fear that the vaccine may adversely affect fertility while others fear different consequences.
Here’s what a pediatricians had to say about this.
When it came to deciding whether or not to give the Covid-19 vaccine to his teenage son, pediatrician Dr. Joseph Mizzi checked things out and didn’t think twice.
“Yes, the vaccine is good, it is effective, it is safe … it is better that I spare my son the disease if I can plus the other consequences. They can now go to school … there is less disruption in their schedule. ”
The first vaccine against Covid-19 received the approval of the European Medicines Agency last May. It has been given to teenagers in Malta since the beginning of July.
“Although it’s not usually a very serious disease sometimes it is and so if there’s a vaccine we can give which will save them it’s a good thing.”
On younger children studies are ongoing and Dr Mizzi states that he cannot say what their outcome will be; but the study on 12- to 16-year-olds has been done and done properly and to date the vaccine has been given to millions of children worldwide. We therefore have a very good idea of the side effects and consequences of this vaccine.
“Locally you may have a little pain, swelling or redness, then you may have some tiredness, fever and bone pain here and there. But within two days everything passes.”
The vaccine, says Dr. Mizzi, is safe.
“A lot of people are afraid that it might affect fertility. There’s no evidence that this is the case. This is just speculation.”
Dr Mizzi said once vaccinated with the right doses, teenagers can live with a little more freedom because the vaccine reduces their risk of getting sick themselves and infecting others.