In this University of Hawai‘i “Better Tomorrow” panel discussion, KS alumni Awapuhi Lee KSK’11 and Hoakalei Watanabe KSK’21 join others in sharing facts about the COVID-19 vaccine which is now recommended for teens.
If there’s one lesson we learned after successfully navigating an entire school year amidst a pandemic, it is that we are stronger and more resilient than we thought. As we ease into summer, let’s continue to pray for the health and well-being of our lāhui, and hope for a return to normalcy next year.
One critical step toward returning to normalcy is vaccination against the virus that causes COVID-19. The more of us who are vaccinated, the harder it is for the virus to spread. Vaccination reduces the risk of getting infected, having complications from the infection, and spreading the virus to someone else. It not only adds a layer of protection for your child, but also for you, your family, loved ones, classmates, co-workers and your community.
Currently, children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend vaccination for eligible children. Studies are ongoing to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of other vaccines in this age group and in younger age groups.
Once your keiki has been vaccinated, pleased upload a copy of their Covid-19 vaccination card to the KS Electronic Health Record (EHR) parent portal. Vaccinated children can resume most activities that they took part in prior to the pandemic, with appropriate safeguards. The CDC shares some of the activities you and your child can take part in after you are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New AAP policy on COVID-19 vaccines for children
American Academy of Pediatrics
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