Vaccines, Equity, and Kids: Another Chance to Put Children First

By Chanya Holness and Arturo Brito

For much of the COVID-19 pandemic, life-saving vaccines were not available for children and adolescents. But now children five and older are receiving vaccinations, and starting this week, those as young as six months will be eligible. At minimum, expanding vaccine eligibility means that vaccinated children will face a much lower risk of infection, hospitalization, and death. But to be most effective, national efforts to vaccinate children against COVID-19 must be combined with other efforts to expand health equity and reduce the impact of systemic racism so that children of all races, ethnicities, and income levels stay healthy during the pandemic and throughout their lives.

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