Ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for emergency use in kids ages 5-11 in Oct. 2021, parents everywhere have breathed a sigh of relief.
And that includes celebrity parents, some of whom have already experienced the anguish of a sick kid. “I want to protect my babies, love them, make them all better, take away the burning fever and tummy aches,” wrote Punky Brewster alum Soleil Moon Frye when three of her children tested positive for COVID-19, later adding that she was “proud” of her two eldest for receiving the vaccine. Likewise, Jennifer Garner revealed that her back-to-school checklist involved two of her children getting the shot as well. “Thank you science for getting us this far and this much closer to health and freedom,” she wrote on Instagram.
Although some parents are still deciding whether the vaccine is right for their families — and the news of the Omicron variant is concerning — it’s reassuring to know that many families have already vaccinated their kids against the virus. According to the White House, an estimated 2.6 million children (about 10 percent) ages 5 to 11 have already gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While 80 percent of Americans ages 12 and up have been partially vaccinated.
Given that children ages 5-11 have experienced more than 8,300 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and nearly 100 deaths from COVID-19 as of October 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s notable when celebs (and even Sesame Street’s Big Bird) normalize the experience.
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