Opinion | Protecting Young Children From Covid

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To the Editor:

Re “Lingering Covid Disrupts Lives of Youngsters” (front page, Aug. 9):

We are told by our government leaders that many more of us must be vaccinated if we are to beat this terrible scourge of Covid. Yet, there are more than 48 million of us, our children and grandchildren under the age of 12, who are not yet allowed to be vaccinated.

The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency order allowing adults to be vaccinated even before the full testing regimen was completed. After many millions of shots have been administered, it is clear that the vaccination is usually harmless.

But the F.D.A. emergency use authorization applies only to those 12 and over. Our younger children are defenseless against the disease. Most will be in school by the end of September. Because of our fragmented system of local jurisdiction, some will be in masks, some without. None will be vaccinated.

Your article describes graphically the crippling effects of “long Covid” on unvaccinated children and the likelihood that the problem will get worse. Children’s vaccination is the only way to prevent that. The emergency authorization ought to be extended to our children to save them from the horrors and even death from the disease.

Ken Loomis
Louisville, Ky.

To the Editor:

Now more kids are getting Covid-19, the Delta variant, which may be far more virulent. They can’t get the vaccine, and the virus will, without doubt, continue to spread. It’s not their fault. Their parents and all the people they came in contact with could have gotten the vaccine and could have worn masks everywhere. But many of them didn’t. It was a political stance in favor of Donald Trump, who told them not to go along with the assaults on their “freedom.”

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