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Young children could get a COVID-19 vaccine soon. Here's what you need to know

Ben Sessoms, The News & Observer on

Published in Parenting News

As of Oct. 7, seven people younger than 18 had died due to COVID-19 in North Carolina since the pandemic started. Four of those deaths were reported since delta started surging in early July.

During August, at the height of the delta surge, pedriatric intensive care units were full across the Triangle due to COVID-19 patients, The News & Observer reported.

“I have a 17-year-old and a 22-year-old. They’ve been vaccinated,” Wohl said. “If I had a younger child, I would vaccinate them.”

What are the side effects in young children?

The most notable risk of side effect in any age group post-vaccination is myocarditis, a condition in which an immune system response causes inflammation of the heart muscle, causing chest pain, shortness of breath and feelings of a pounding heart.

But a study from the New England Journal of Medicine found myocarditis post-vaccination to still be extremely rare — one to five cases per 100,000 people vaccinated.


The CDC says myocarditis post-vaccination is more common after the second dose of either mRNA vaccine and more often occurs in young males, though it is still extremely rare.

”It’s so rare that very, very few clinicians have seen this or heard about it,” Wohl said.

The study from the New England Journal of Medicine found that of the 21 cases of myocarditis from vaccination, 19 were males. The median age was 25.

But myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is up to 11 times more common in those unvaccinated, the study found.


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