UPDATED 11:13 AM PT – Sunday, November 14, 2021
Residents in Kentucky express concern over efforts to vaccinate children.
According to reports on Sunday, nearly a dozen people protested outside a Louisville testing and vaccination center. This comes as more than 900,000 children ages 5-11 are expected to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
Demonstrators called the move to vaccinate children premature, indicating researchers need to study the long-term impact the vaccine has on younger people.
“There’s also been a lot of surveys that say that up to 90 percent of parents out there are going to never give their kids the vaccine and they’re going to wait and see,” said retired nurse Carol Lukasik. “When they say they’re going to wait and see, they’re looking at those million children that got vaccinated this week to see if they’re going to be permanently hurt or die.”
Meanwhile, the White House expects 15 million doses specifically formulated for children to be available this week.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective—and the best way to protect our kids. Children between the ages of 5-11 are now eligible to get vaccinated.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 13, 2021