For Jennifer Beaveridge, a Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Science, the decision to vaccinate her six-year-old son Cohen was easy.
“Vaccines save lives and it is the right decision to vaccinate our children," she said.
He was a bit nervous, but able to work through that. He chose to have the injection for the flu over the nasal! I think since his arm got a little sore from the flu shot that made him a little more nervous for the COVID vaccine, although I assured him that a sore arm was only temporary and it meant they got the right spot.
We talked about the reasons for getting vaccines and the impacts of COVID-19 on us as individuals as well as society. He was told the vaccine is not only going to make him safer, but also ensure he is protecting others.
He did great. He was brave and waited his turn patiently to get the shot. The person giving the shot was great with children and worked to distract and engage him. He cried when he was getting the needle and then was a bit unhappy for a few minutes after (just wanted mommy cuddles), but he perked up quickly and was excited to add his “message' on the wall as we were leaving.
As parents, we just want to keep our children safe, so I appreciate how the decision to vaccinate can be difficult.
Parents need to go to reliable sources for informed decision-making. I would say to trust in the science, trust in the public-health system, and trust the health-care workers giving the vaccine.