COVID-19 infection in children tends to be milder than in adults. However, some of them can develop severe lung infections, become very sick and need to be hospitalized. Complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome could entail intensive care or long-lasting symptoms that affect the health and well-being of children.
Even when exhibiting no symptoms of the infection, children, like adults, can still transmit the coronavirus to those around them. The vaccine can protect the child and minimise the risk of transmission to family members and friends who may be more susceptible to serious consequences of the infection.
Vaccinated children are less likely to get infected by the coronavirus even when exposed to it. This ensures that their school attendance doesn’t suffer nor are their activities curtailed, helping them get back a semblance of the normal life they enjoyed before the pandemic struck.
Since every person, young or old, infected with coronavirus can transmit the virus to others, getting vaccinated helps protect the health of all those we come in contact with.