NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The decision to vaccinate children even five years old was not easy for many families.
Jessica Moore of CBS2 sat down with a group of parents, along with a pediatrician, to talk about their concerns.
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Moore: I have two little children myself. I am 1 year old and 3 years old. So I understand, I understand that there are questions. We are all vaccinated. You had to be to enter the broadcast center. But when you think about giving your kids the shot, there are more questions that go into that decision.
Roya Kalaghchi: I don’t like to put tons of things into their bodies without knowing how they will react to it. What are the long-term effects? I just – it just hesitates me to give them something so new.
Marjory Lake: My biggest concern comes from being a colored person, we naturally, I think, are a little more afraid of getting vaccinated and not getting the full story or not, or feel like we’re not getting the full story. right.
Now we have vaccines, and they take away our voice, are my worries. You know, it’s not easy in front of the line to say, lo and behold, my kids.
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Moore: And so when you say take away your voice, what do you mean by that?
Lake: We all started where the world burned, we were all, you know, right, dying. The whole world was dying, and then we woke up, or felt like we woke up, and then there’s a vaccine for adults, which was great, right? And then quickly forward. There is now a vaccine for children. It just seems so fast.
Dr. Rebecca Farber, pediatrician: So the amazing thing about vaccines is that we do understand them. Even the mRNA vaccines, these vaccines have been processed as much as study and external public across the, not only the United States, but in other countries for more than 20 years. This research is not so new … think that there is no risk, free choice.
What happens if our child gets COVID, and we have failed as moms to protect them? What happens if they get multisystem inflammatory syndrome? This is real. What happens if they get a long COVID? And six months later, even though they had no symptoms at the time, six months later, they have joint pain and fatigue. They can’t play football like they had to play football.
I tell you a long time ago, I had a patient. This is about 15 years ago, and mom didn’t want to be vaccinated against pertussis, and the baby, I can still imagine her in her pink sweater and she’s holding her baby’s hand in the intensive care unit. And what she wouldn’t give to go back in time if she had the ability to get vaccinated.
Moore: Has that story changed any of your minds? Did it make you feel anything?
Lake: I immediately thought “Oh, my God, what if that happened with COVID?”
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Moore: Talia, I wanted to bring you. Tell me a little bit about some of the questions you and your husband discussed before making this decision and your thought process?
Talia Kasher: I really trusted the science behind it. I think our kids really suffered this past year and a half too. You know, we really didn’t let them do much and we wanted things to go back to normal. So getting the vaccine really felt like the best way to normalize things. And I also really felt like I wanted them to know that they, too, are a bit part of a bigger picture. And that it was a public health problem.
Alyssa Picchini Schaffer is a scientist whose 4-year-old daughter is currently enrolled in a clinical trial for the pediatric Modern Vaccine.
Picchini Schaffer: I have been concerned about the effects of a lot of COVID on my children for a long time, and I really understand deeply the effects of the vaccine, how long it stays around how safe it is.
I want nothing more than for things to return to normal- I see the cost it has on my children educationally, socially and I ((cut out a stumble here) don’t put my children in a car without a car seat. I don’t. Don’t let them to cross the street without holding my hand and I know that the best way for me to bring them back into the world safely is to get it vaccinated.
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Kalaghchi: I think I just need more information that is hard to find.
I’m thinking of hearing more about the mRNA technology. I’ve also heard about, how, the microchip, and, how, how it will change your DNA, and how it will do this, that and the other and, how to hear more. And then it’s like, who do you trust? Because there are doctors who say one thing, and then there is a doctor who says another thing? And you’re like, well, you’re both doctors, you both went to school? Do you both have diplomas? You both exercised? Yes. And it’s like, who does, how, who I – who do I listen to?
Lake: I’ve heard about the tiny microchips and the tracing and everything and I believe nothing of it, just for the record. But you hear it enough, you’re just like, well, but you – you know – everyone wants to dip their toes in the “I’m an expert” field, right? And there are too many experts, so many hands on the pot. Your head is just spinning with so much information.
Farber: I find it overwhelming, actually pretty scary, right? Because I feel like the misinformation game has won. Again, I’ll go back to the pediatricians and the infectious disease doctors are pretty humble, intelligent people who are pretty quiet about it. And our voice is not heard.
At the end of the discussion, both moms who were hesitant about a vaccine said they are more sincere about giving their children the COVID shot. Both wanted to do more research and make sure their husbands were on board as well.
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Picchini Schaffer: It’s scary. It’s completely scary. I want more of the best information to appear on the loud platform so that people don’t feel so anxious about it. You know, it’s so hard. We all want what is best for our children. Hands down, yes.