Kara is mom to Dean, her active 20-month-old son. As a parent, she is dedicated to keeping him safe and on track for a happy and healthy childhood. When she heard that the COVID-19 vaccine would soon be available for Dean, she started having multiple conversations with his pediatricians so she and her husband could make an informed decision.
“Being less than 2 years old, Dean has never known a world where COVID-19 wasn’t present, and throughout the pandemic, we’ve done everything we could to keep him and the rest of our loved ones safe,” Kara says. “Like most parents, I had questions about the vaccine and how it could affect my son. However, after speaking with his care team, I felt much more comfortable and knew the vaccine would help us better protect Dean and the people he interacts with.”
Dean received his vaccine during the Saturday clinic, and while some children in his age group experience mild side effects, he was fine for the remainder of the weekend.
“I was pretty worried about side effects, especially since I didn’t feel great after my own vaccines,” Kara says. “However, other than crying right after the needle, he was his usual happy self for the rest of the day. I didn’t notice any difference in his energy levels on Sunday, either. He spent his time swimming and running around with friends.”