Parents React To Vaccine Availability For Children, Ages 5-11

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ERIE (Erie News Now) – Like a gymnast on the uneven bars, kids have had their world flipped upside down since the pandemic began.

Doug Pershun has largely viewed the pandemic through the eyes of his gymnasts at Erie Gymnastics. “The kids were missing that normal. Kids were missing sporting activities and getting that steam out, and it was unhealthy for them,” he said.

With the CDC giving the go ahead for children ages 5 to 11 to get smaller doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, parents we spoke with Wednesday say they have a big decision to make.

“For our peace of mind, I want be educated on making this decision. So I’ll look for a lot of information, and read, and figure out what the benefits are,” parent, Peerasit Patankul, told Erie News Now.

“I’ve been on the fence about it. I’ve been trying to weigh the options,” said parent, Brandy Inman.

Pershun says, in talking with his gymnasts’ parents, he’s seen both sides of the vaccine debate. “There still are quite a few families that are very concerned about it. The fact that the vaccine is out there will alleviate that concern for some families and allow those kids to get back to some sort of normal,” he said.

For Patankul, he still has some research to do before his kids are signed up for the shot. “At the end of the day, I have to make an educated decision whether or not we feel their bodies can handle the vaccine or not.”

But for Inman, her kids are already scheduled for their first dose. “I’m hoping that it pushes the worry away. As a mom, you worry about your kids, and if they’re going to be in contact with somebody, and if that’s going to shut down their lives for two weeks or make them really sick.”


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