The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now authorized infants that are at least 6 months old to receive the COVID vaccine and now children 5 years old and older are eligible for boosters.
Tuesday was the first day that health care providers could administer the vaccine. Some individuals believe it was a change that was needed.
“I have autoimmune disease and I just feel that everyone should take precautions that are eligible to be vaccinated”, stated local citizen, Phillis Jenkins Harris. “As far as our younger kids, I just think it's great. I think everybody needs to.”
Jordan Cole questioned the complications that could come with vaccinating a child as young as 6 months.
“Well, honestly, I feel like infants they shouldn't get it because we've heard around the world how it affects people in different ways. People get different side effects.”
The decision to vaccinate a child as young as 6 months could be difficult. Mike Ellis says it's something that he would first consult a pediatrician about.
“I think the best thing for me to do would be to go to my child's pediatrician. If I had a five-year-old because that pediatrician is going to know that child from birth”, stated Ellis. “Any problems they would have. Any medication they might be on. So, you have to trust somebody.”
According to the CDC's website, 55.6% of children that are at least 5 years old in Mississippi have been fully vaccinated.