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How COVID shots for kids help prevent dangerous new variants

 

November 24, 2021

Solome Walker, 9, looks down at her bandage after getting her first Pfizer COVID-19 shot at a vaccination clinic for young students at Ramsey Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Louisville, Ky. Scientists say vaccinating kids against COVID-19 should not only slow the spread of the coronavirus but also help prevent potentially-dangerous variants from emerging. Each new infection brings another opportunity for the virus to mutate and evolve dangerous new traits. (AP Photo/Laura Ungar)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Cadell Walker rushed to get her 9-year-old daughter Solome vaccinated against COVID-19 - not just to protect her but to help stop the coronavirus from spreading and spawning even more dangerous variants.

"Love thy neighbor is something that we really do believe, and we want to be good community members and want to model that thinking for our daughter," said the 40-year-old Louisville mom, who recently took Solome to a local middle school for her shot. "The only way to really beat COVID is for all of us collectively to work together for the greater good."

Scientists agree. Each infection - whether in an adult in Yemen or a kid in Kentucky - gives the virus another opportunity to mutate. Protecting a new, large chunk of the population anywhere in the world limits those opportunities.

https://apnews.com/article/how-covid-shots-for-kids-prevent-variants-0dd394ddd053e0efb3f3137dba2ad470

 

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