Most parents in British Columbia have been vaccinated, but many fear their children will get the COVID vaccine.
Dr. Manish Sadarangani, director of the Center for Vaccine Evaluation at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, said people typically don’t get vaccinated for three reasons, called “the three Cs.”
He explained that trust, or lack thereof, complacency and the convenience of getting vaccinated are the main factors.
A Kelowna registered nurse and mother of three, who asked not to be named, said she was not confident in the safety of the vaccine and was vaccinated, decided to wait until more information is available before giving the dose. children.
“I have always been a firm believer in vaccinating myself and my children,” she explained.
As a health worker, she was given priority for the vaccine and her husband received his as soon as possible. But when it comes to her children, “I don’t know enough,” she says.
She said she was unable to find information on long-term COVID vaccination trials in children and was suspicious of mRNA technology.
Given that COVID infections are usually mild in children and vaccination does not prevent transmission, she questions the necessity.
“I’m not saying never,” she said.
Dr Sadarangani explained that despite the short lead time for manufacturing and releasing the vaccine, “a standard process when evaluating vaccination was followed…. no corners have been cut.
Sadarangani said that vaccines usually take years to develop and get released simply because of bureaucracy.
“It takes a long time because he is in a queue. For COVID, he basically came to the front of the queue.
He also said the scientists had stopped their other research to conduct clinical trials on all age groups, helping to speed up the publication process.
Sadarangani explained that the trials were all completed and not compromised to release the vaccine sooner.
The reason an mRNA vaccine hasn’t been released before, despite its safety, is that scientists had to develop a way to protect the molecules long enough for it to do its job. mRNA is a biological coding that teaches cells to make a spike protein that will trigger an immune response and create a lasting memory in the immune system. Spike proteins are found on the surface of viruses like COVID-19.
“There is no strong biological basis for us to see long-term vaccine reactions,” Sadarangani said. He explained that after the body degrades mRNA and spike protein, there is nothing left to react to. The process takes about two days, he said.
Most side effects that people have with vaccination is due to the body’s immune response to the spike proteins.
One of the serious but rare complications of COVID is Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and adolescentsan illness that usually occurs two to six weeks after a COVID infection.
“We’ve seen otherwise healthy children get very sick,” Sadarangani said.
Sadarangani argues that the vaccine continues to reduce transmission and provides effective protection against all current variants of COVID-19.
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