Parents, doctors weigh in on COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5-11

Connecticut

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The Food and Drug Administration paved the way for children ages 5 to 11 to get kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. But there’s one more regulatory hurdle. Next week, advisers to the CDC will discuss which youngsters should get vaccinated.

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One of the physicians in Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s emergency department is looking forward to children ages 5 to 11 getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I have been waiting for this day for a long time,” said Dr. Emily Miller, who is a pediatrician and an emergency department physician at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

Some patients, including children, show up to the emergency department in New London pretty sick. Miller is eager for children to get vaccinated due in part to her 7-year-old and 9-year-old at home.

“Now, compared to last December, we just know so much more, and I feel very comfortable, very confident giving it to my children,” Miller said.

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Christopher Boyts of Chester was hesitant about getting the vaccine for his daughter Annabelle and even himself so he talked to her pediatrician and a relative who is a doctor. He has asthma and an autoimmune condition. He got the vaccine and he also got COVID.

“I’ve done my research with my wife, and we care very much about my little girl, so I want to make sure she’s safe on all accounts,” Boyts said.

Pediatrician offices have gotten a lot of calls from parents wanting to get their kids vaccinated. Kaitlynn Cristello of Groton is not one of them.

“Just the stuff that’s in it, I decided was not healthy to be injecting into us. So for religious and for my own reasons, we choose not to,” Cristello said.

While some parents are looking forward to their kids getting vaccinated against COVID 19, there still seems to be some hesitancy among their kids because, after all, this is a shot, most likely two.

“It feels like a knife being poked,” said 10-year-old Annabelle Boyts.

“I think it’s something important to get something that’s preventative,” said her dad.

The vaccine for children is a smaller dose of the same shot adults have been getting for almost a year. 

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