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Why is it a shot? Talking to (little) kids about the COVID vaccine

A vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is shown  at the University of Vermont Medical Center, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
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The FDA has now authorized the COVID vaccine for kids 6 months through 4 years of age. And while infants are probably not asking their parents a lot of questions about the news, older kids in that age group may have questions, including why they have to get yet more shots. (No child's favorite activity.)

Our kids podcast, But Why has a handy episode for kids, answering that question and others. They also talked with a family whose kids were enrolled in a vaccine trial. While the episode was made back when the vaccine was approved for the 5-11 age range, the information may be helpful to families with younger kids as well. Give it a listen with your whole family!

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Melody is the Contributing Editor for But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids and the co-author of two But Why books with Jane Lindholm.
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