Dr. Addie Spier was this week's guest on What's Up, Doc? to talk about the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines in children. 

What's Up, Doc? is a weekly health segment on WROK sponsored by MercyHealth. Each week they highlight a different doctor/healthcare professional to come on our show and talk to us about their specialty. It has turned into one of our favorite segments. All of our doctors have exhibited a "human" side that people don't always get to see with their physicians. We encourage you to check out some of our past episodes here. We've done about 30 of these segments highlighting everything from Lyme disease to hernia repair to finding a health care plan and everything else in between. We've learned a lot and hope you can too.

Dr. Addie Spier, and her adorable sounding daughter Lola, had plenty of facts for us this morning. Getting the COVID vaccine for your child is an important choice millions of parents are making right now. Dr. Spier is an infectious disease expert with MercyHealth and had to make a very similar decision while she was pregnant last year.

Dr. Spier went through all the studies with us that assure parents that their children will be safe after getting the vaccine. Not only will their children be safe but they will be helping us finally move out of this pandemic by furthering the herd immunity.

We also asked her about why the cut-off for the vaccine is currently at age 12. Dr. Spier explained that was the only age range that was fully tested in the studies. There are studies being done on infants as young as 6 months will results similar to those in all other age groups.

We thank Dr. Spier for her time and look forward to next week's guest.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.


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