COVID-19 is no joke. Both my fiancee and I had it and we are both completely vaccinated. I am disappointed that COVID and the vaccine have become a political statement and not a plight to keep everyone as healthy as possible. Now there is a vaccine that should be available for children ages 5 to 11 by Thanksgiving. Both Ryan's mom and I aren't 100% sure about it just yet.

As any parent in charge of protecting your child, we just need to know more and I am happy that we have until at least Thanksgiving to decide. Ryan is a healthy kid but he does have some issues and allergies. However, when both Jenn and I were sick with COVID we protected and shielded him from us. Fortunately, he did not get sick. I don't want him to feel like I did when I had it or compromise his health.

Pfizer-BioNTech announced this week that the vaccine developed for kids does produce a strong immune response in kids ages 5 to 11 according to Spectrum News. The vaccine for kids would be one-third of the dose that adults received. This gave a less chance of side effects of fever and chills. There was a more severe side effect that is possible is muscle inflammation but none of the kids participating in the trial experienced it.

Only a third of the vaccine amount given to adults was administered to young participants, and as a result, there was a lesser chance for side effects like fever and chills. A more severe but rare side effect of muscle inflammation was not found in any participants.

I'm not sure as to what we will do at this moment but if it is going to protect Ryan from COVID-19 much like a measles vaccine keeps him healthy, then we are all in. In the meantime, Ryan will continue to wear a mask in school and other places that require it so that he remains healthy and keeps those around him safe as well.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.