John* celebrated his 12th birthday by getting his first COVID-19 vaccine. Although it took more than an hour to make his way with his parents through the mass vaccination site, he said the experience was worthwhile.
“Even if I need to wear a mask at school still, I can start hanging out with my friends and play soccer without having it on,” John said. “That makes the vaccine worth it to me.”
As more kids 12 and up get the vaccine, Moderna, Pfizer, and others are studying the effects of the COVID shot in pediatric participants. In March, over 6,750 healthy participants under the age of 12 were enrolled in an American and Canadian study on the effectiveness of mRNA therapeutics.
No Timetable Is Available for Under-12 Vaccine Distribution
American authorities hope that children under the age of 12 can start getting their COVID vaccines by Thanksgiving 2021. The results of the clinical research into pediatric inoculations will dictate how soon an authorization will occur.
While waiting for the results of these studies, parents can take steps today to help their children have a stronger immune system.
That process starts by getting enough sleep at night. Most children need at least nine hours of rest, with younger kids needing 11-12 hours.
It also helps to eat a healthy diet. Try to limit sugars that can cause immune system depression while adding dark, leafy greens to at least one meal per day.
A final step is to supplement the nutrients that kids aren’t getting from diet alone. That means working with brands like QuickSilver Scientific, Sovereign Silver, and Argentyn 23 to fill in the gaps that the immune system needs to stay strong.
COVID-19 isn’t going away any time soon. That’s why it is up to each of us to stay healthy in manageable ways.
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