Triangle experts say get COVID vaccine boosters if kids are eligible

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available for children as young as 5, but with kids getting home from school in the summer, some parents are wondering if this is the best time to fortify their children or whether it is better to wait until the start of school is near.

As the school year draws to a close, families ponder summer plans, and if it has been at least 5 months since your children received their COVID shots, Triangle’s infectious disease specialists recommend that those plans include booster shots.

UNC infectious disease expert Dr. David Wohl says there’s no reason to wait until the fall, especially with COVID cases rising.

“Why are you waiting to vaccinate for a surge that may or may not happen when we are in the midst of a surge?” he argued.

Even though the kids aren’t at school all summer, most other activities have gone on.

Because of this, says Dr. Duke infectious disease expert Cameron Wolfe that he also recommends empowering children when they are eligible.

“I think most of us also have our kids in big groups of friends or families or camps or other things during our summer vacations,” he said. “Most summers are spent with lots of kids mingling and maybe with different groups of friends who have traditionally mingled in the school environment.”

“Be sure to vaccinate your children before summer activities,” Wohl added. “This is the time you desire that protection.”

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 25 percent of children ages 5 to 11 in North Carolina are fully vaccinated. You are entitled to a booster dose five months after your second vaccination. Triangle experts say get COVID vaccine boosters if kids are eligible

Dais Johnston

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