Vaccinating our children against Covid-19 is in society's best interest, asserts Ashish K. Jha of The Washington Post. While it is true that children are much less likely to be harmed by the virus, vaccinating them will help us to diminish the pandemic. Just like polio was limited by vaccinating children, so too can we combat Covid-19. Similarly, polio affected children less, but they were still vaccinated against it en masse. Today's vaccines are very safe, as medicine has reached an incredibly high standard. Making sure everyone gets the shot, even children, will ensure that schools stay open for longer, and that we sooner reach a reality where Covid-19 is no longer such a force.
It is unnecessary to vaccinate all children against Covid-19, holds John Tierney of City Journal. While those that are immunocompromised would benefit, it would be wasteful to use still-limited vaccines on the rest. Side effects have been found, although more study is still necessary to demonstrate how much of a risk Covid-19 vaccines actually pose. Vaccinating all children would bring limited benefits, as they are already mostly safe from Covid-19. Experts in the UK recommended against them getting the shot for this reason. Mandating this vaccine will only increase mistrust of medical institutions and weaken support for other vaccines. There are too many downsides to justify this policy.