The CDC is expected to recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for children very soon. What are your thoughts?

As a parent myself, I know this can be a tricky topic. I am fully-vaccinated myself, as is most of my family members, but I'm not sure how ready I am to get my little ones vaccinated. I'm certain that I'm not the only parent having these concerns, which is why I want to write this article.

I'm genuinely curious if you'll have your child vaccinated, once that becomes a recommendation by the CDC. As a parent flopping back-and-forth, I would love to hear from parents in the Ark-La-Tex who either plan to get their children vaccinated, or they plan to keep their little ones unvaccinated.

This week, an FDA Advisory panel recommended the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This is a monstrous milestone, and one that will most definitely lead to the CDC giving their approval as well. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter believes Louisiana children could begin to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks, saying, "The first allotment for us is going to be about 148,000 doses that we’ll then distribute to our vaccine provider network in a similar fashion that we did the first time around.”

Speaking to parents like me, who are on the fence about vaccinating their children, Kanter recommends speaking with your pediatrician. He says, "I think that’s a great opportunity to talk about the vaccine, talk about the pros and cons and I think in a few weeks’ time there’s a good chance that that pediatricians will have the vaccine in stock to give it if the family chooses.”

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