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Good News As Teens Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines

Teens Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines  


Experts are analysing more details about the COVID-19 vaccine and its contribution to fertility as India continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some people have expressed concerns about its safety for children under the age of 12, especially those over the age of 12. Experts believe, however, that the vaccine is safe for teens and does not interfere with their fertility, puberty, or hormones. Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children aged 12 and up, and scientists emphasise that the vaccines are safe for children under the age of 12.

Here's Why COVID-19 Vaccines Don't Cause Fertility

COVID-19 vaccines introduced a new mRNA platform to immunisation, but they act in the same way as other vaccines do to assist the body in creating immunity. Scientists believe it's unlikely for these vaccinations to mess with a person's genetic blueprint at the cellular stage. That is, COVID-19 vaccines, like all other childhood immunizations, would not interfere with puberty or potential fertility. "These particles are not capable of causing long-term problems, such as autoimmune conditions or effects on fertility or pregnancy. There is no connection between the COVID-19 vaccines and fertility; it is a myth "Dr. Stacy De-Lin, a gynaecologist and family planning professional committed to preventing misinformation from spreading, told ABC.

Decades of studies on the platforms used to develop current COVID-19 vaccines have helped scientists to clearly understand what happens once the vaccine enters the human body – and they conclude it cannot change our genetic makeup. These vaccines do not use the virus at all, unlike conventional vaccines, which use a weakened or killed virus to trigger the body's defences. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, on the other hand, use tiny bits of genetic material called mRNA, which, like an instruction manual, instructs the cells to produce a protein usually located on the outside of the virus. This stimulates your immune system protection, which protects you if you are ever exposed to the virus again.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and a professor of paediatrics and molecular virology, believes that there is no biological cause for mRNA to get into your DNA and interfere with adolescent growth. "There's no possible mechanism for that to happen," Hotez told ABC.