Published date: April 09, 2021
Updated: June 20, 2022
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for ages 6 months and older. Dr. Jessica Snowden, chief of pediatric infectious disease at Arkansas Children's was interviewed by KATV and addressed questions about the safety of the vaccine for the youth population.
Dr. Snowden has seen firsthand just how horrific COVID-19 can be in kids. She is encouraging all eligible teens in Arkansas to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
"Teenagers in particular tend to act more like adults, as opposed to younger kids," she said. "So they can get more severe disease. They work in our grocery stores, they work in our restaurants, they work out in the public and interact with a lot of people and are definitely at risk for getting the COVID-19 infection."