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Dr. Fauci Just Debunked This COVID Vaccine Myth

In news parents have waited many, many, many months to hear, yesterday, the CDC and CDC head Rochelle Walensky approved a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11, and it's available immediately. (Or as soon as your pharmacy and pediatrician can stock it, which for some may mean early next week.) So will this lead to the "endgame" to the pandemic? In response, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on CNN's New Day this morning to discuss where you can get vaccines for kids, what vaccine-hesistant parents should know and when the endgame might come. Read on for 7 life-saving tips you need to know now—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Dr. Fauci Says Here's Where to Get a Vaccine for 5 to 11 Year Olds

Doctor vaccinating child at hospital.

Dr. Fauci said the approval for kids' vaccines was anticipated and prepared for. "The formulation," which is different for kids this age than adults, "will be now available in pharmacies, in pediatricians offices, in children's hospitals and in certain community locations. So that was what the preparedness was about. So it's a good thing. We'll hit the ground running and probably by the beginning of next week, we'll be at full speed. So parents should consult with their pediatricians, consult with their family physicians, consult with their pharmacist, and they'll be able to know exactly where to get this particular vaccine for their children from five to 11."


Dr. Fauci Says This to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents

Pediatrician doctor examining sick child in face mask

"It's understandable" parents may be hesitant to put a shot into their child, says Fauci. "I mean, parents are always very concerned about their children. I mean, I have adult daughters, but if my daughters were in the age range of five to 11, I would definitely get them vaccinated," he said, "but I would ask the kind of questions that parents should. And we'll ask about the safety about the efficacy, about why it's important to protect the children. Although children, statistically, when they get infected, they do not get the incidents of severe disease to the level of adults, particularly elderly adults do, but they're not exempt from getting sick. And we see that in children who can be hospitalized there have now been about 700 deaths among children, not obviously all within that younger age group, but children all vulnerable, they can get infected and they also can spread the infection once they do get infected within the family unit. So there's a lot of reasons to get the children vaccinated. And we're very pleased that it's gone through the appropriate process of scrutinization by the FDA, who've authorized it on an EUA"—that's an emergency use authorization. "And now the CDC last night with their advisory committee have made the recommendation, which is very good. I'm looking forward to seeing this roll out in a very successful way."

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Dr. Fauci Says the Vaccine Has No Impact on Fertility

Barefoot girl standing on tiptoe to hug her man at home

"There's no indication whatsoever, even in men…that it would affect fertility at all. In fact, in the millions and millions of doses and billions of doses that have been given worldwide of the vaccine, there's no indication whatsoever that it has anything to do with fertility, giving it to a child. You have to at least look for a plausible mechanism of what that would be. And there is none, there is none."


Dr. Fauci Said Kids are in Danger of "Long COVID"

Nurse with thermometer measures fever on patient child in hospital bed, wearing protective visor and surgical mask.

New Day host Brianna Keilar mentioned long-term COVID that can affect kids. "Well, that's just another reason to get the children vaccinated," said Fauci. "There is something called a long COVID. It is seen in adults and it is seen in children to a lesser percentage, but it is seen in children. And what that is is that a person, even a child can get infected, can get a COVID [infection], it could be mild, it could be moderate, or it could be severe. And when you clear the virus in essence, your so called past the acute stage, often it takes a considerable period of time of getting back to normal. And that's characterized by chronic almost sometimes debilitating fatigue, muscle aches, sleep disorders, and things like that. So you don't want them to get infected in the first place. And sometimes when they do, they have persistence of symptoms yet again, another reason to get the children vaccinated."

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Dr. Fauci Said This is the "Endgame"

Family after getting covid-19 vaccine.

"I'm not so sure we're going to get to zero spread," said Dr. Fauci, "but we want to get out of the pandemic phase and into a very good control phase. You know, there are different levels of approach and control of a particular outbreak. You go from pandemic to these deceleration going down to …then control. You go to elimination and eradication. I don't think we're going to get to eradication. We've only eradicated one viral disease and that smallpox, but you can get it down to a very low level. If you get enough people vaccinated. And a low level is one that doesn't interfere with how we function in society. Because right now, as we all know, this outbreak is having a very profound effect on how society functions throughout the world. We want to get those cases down low enough that it may not eliminate it completely, but it certainly is not going to be a public health issue."

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Dr. Fauci Said This About Masks—"No Doubt" They Make a Difference in Schools

Girl with face mask back at school after covid-19 quarantine and lockdown.

"The answer is we have to be humble and modest" about past decisions to do distance learning, and to have masks in schools. "We always can do better always. And that's the reason why you continually look about lessons learned. The idea about getting masks and getting masks worn in school—no doubt masks make a difference. Vaccinations that really make a big, big difference. And I think a combination of these things, hopefully sometime in the future, we can not only get the kids back to school, but we can get rid of the masking situation. We've got to do it in a step-by-step fashion, but you're absolutely right. We've always got to examine what we've done and try and see next time. And maybe even as we're living through it now do better and better. We can't assume that we've done things perfectly. That's for sure."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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