Why it is crucial to understand the importance of vaccinating children ages 5 to 11, against Covid-19


Emily Connor '22, Staff Writer

The FDA has recently authorized the official use of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This is news the public has been waiting for since the start of the pandemic and this vaccine has been in the works since late 2020. While this may be great news for families, many parents are still wary of whether or not they want their child to receive the vaccine. 


While some families may be first in line to get vaccinated, some will either wait or not wish to participate at all. Apart from the public’s opinion on this matter, the push to get children vaccinated has never been more crucial than now. The future of these children depends on how many people across the country receive vaccinations to be able to go to school, participate in activities, and visit their families safely. To continue the push to get back to normal, people need to become vaccinated to keep themselves and others around them safe.

Click here to read about the facts and myths on the Covid-19 vaccine


According to The Atlantic, 60% of families believe that if someone in their household became infected with the virus, they do not need to get vaccinated. Or simply, they feel the need to wait for more time to get their child vaccinated as the rollout begins. Not getting vaccinated because someone has had the virus should have no correlation. It’s actually more urgent to get vaccinated if a person already had the virus because he or she can get sick again. It’s understandable to be hesitant to get children vaccinated, yet everyone needs to trust the science. Science is what is protecting families in the future of this virus. 


Click here to learn more about the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11


Many families in the United States have children 12 years of age or younger in their households. These children are at high risk of infection due to their recent ineligibility of the vaccine. With schools across the country reopened for the 2021-2022 school year, many children are required to wear masks throughout the day. Wearing a mask is just one way to protect each other from this disease, but getting vaccinated ensures a greater layer of protection.  


The most important thing that American families can do, is to trust the science of the Covid-19 vaccine. This vaccine prevents a child from having a severe illness. To keep every family safe, the best thing is to read more about the vaccine in the links attached and schedule an appointment today. As a community, people have to keep moving forward against this disease, not backward. 


The Cherry Hill Public School District is holding vaccination clinics at Kilmer Elementary, Kingston Elementary, and Sharp Elementary starting November 16th. To schedule a child’s vaccination appointment today, click the link below and scroll to the end of the home page.


Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Information at Cherry Hill Public Schools