LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, recently announced that their vaccine could be available to children ages 5 through 11 as early as Halloween. Parents in Lafayette are on both sides of the fence when it comes to their children being vaccinated.
Cliff Roy Jr., a father of two young girls, said that although he is fully vaccinated, he is hesitant when it comes to his daughters.
“I'm more willing to take a risk of my own adult health and life, but less of a risk of my children. I've actually lived some life. I want to maximize their opportunity so I want as much information as possible. I'm not gonna experiment on my child,” Roy said.
One of Roy’s daughters has sickle cell, so he will not be in a rush to get her vaccinated.
“She has underlying health conditions, in which her cells are sickled which could be impacted by this so I need more information to make a sure decision,” he said.
Although he is not opposed to one day allowing his children to be vaccinated, he would like more research to be released before making that decision.
“Let me see how the vaccine works, relative to their immune systems. Let me see some of the pros and the cons and some of the side effects, and let me decide if it's worth that risk,” he said.
Bonnie Simon, a mother of two, said l that she is not opposed to her children getting the vaccine because they’ve been vaccinated against other viruses before.
“I always go back to I vaccinated my children when they were born, they've had the measles, the mumps, rubella, so yes, I do believe in the vaccine I believe in the science behind it. Our only goal I think as parents are to keep our children healthy and safe,” Simon said.
Simon does understand why other parents may be hesitant.
“I believe that you as a parent have your own autonomy and that at the end of the day, what you feel for your child is the right answer,” she said.
Pfitzer plans to submit their COVID-19 vaccine data for children ages 5 through 11 to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of this month.