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Bryan Health pediatrician discusses COVID-19 vaccine rollout for children

Posted at 11:33 AM, Nov 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-03 18:17:54-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Younger children in the U.S. can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. This comes after the CDC signed off on Pfizer's vaccine for kids 5- to 11-years-old on Tuesday. Local pediatricians are calling this a big deal to help this group return to normalcy.

Dr. Sian Jones-Jobst, a pediatrician with Bryan Health, mentioned how younger kids have been required to wear masks throughout the pandemic. She says this has affected kids in the initial vaccine rollout and when masks became optional for others.

"We've been saying if you're vaccinated, it's safe to travel. Well, how does that make a 10-year-old or a 9-year-old feel that they're second-class citizens? So, this is a big deal for kids. This is going to open up opportunities for them to go back to a more normal life and feel like more part of the rest of society,” said Jones-Jobst.

The doctor says the vaccine is safe for all children regardless of risk factors.

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