As we continue to be in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably read every article you can find about keeping your children as safe as possible these days, especially if they have returned to school full-time or part-time. However, one subject that is not addressed often is the new coronavirus vaccine and how it relates to children. Here is what you need to know.
The Development of COVID-19 Vaccines
Currently, the COVID vaccine is not available to children and can only be used on individuals over the age of 16. Therefore, if you have older teenagers in your home, you will want to stay posted on when the state of California opens up immunization dates for this age group. Until then, you will also want to stay up-to-date on immunization options for your own age group. After all, you can help protect the younger members of your household by taking the best possible care of your own health.
Protecting Children from COVID-19
Although your children will not be able to get the COVID vaccine yet, there are still numerous steps you can take to keep them safe during these difficult months. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children should be instructed to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or to use hand sanitizer. In addition, show them how to use a face mask and how to keep the mask securely over the nose and mouth. Showing them how to cover their coughs and sneezes is important at any point in the year, but it is even more important these days.
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