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Addressing Parent Concerns on COVID-19 Vaccines with Secretary Shah


Thank you to all of those who attended our conversation with Washington State Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah!

We want to once again express our thanks to Secretary Shah and his team at the Department of Health for taking time to address some of the most pressing questions parents had about the recent CDC recommendation for COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 years of age.

On November 11, 2021, the CDC issued their recommendation for children ages 5-11 years old to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following an FDA authorization on October 29. For many parents waiting to vaccinate their kids, this was welcome news. But many parents still have concerns about the side effects posed by the vaccine and are hesitant to book their shots.

In an effort to address these concerns, the Women's Commission partnered with the Department of Health and state Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah in a conversation to answer some of the most pressing questions that parents held about the vaccine.

During the event, which was facilitated by Commissioner Anna Franklin (the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Providence)Secretary Shah addressed concerns about misinformation, the difference between passive and active immunity, and other questions.


Rewatch the Event

For those who missed it, here is a recording of the event:




Finding Credible Information on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccines

There is currently a wealth of information, opinions, and anecdotes about the COVID-19 vaccine available online. However, it is important to note that not all information available is accurate or credible. Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis.

We have compiled a list of sources for your reference that contain information that is researched, written, and approved by subject matter experts, including doctors, researchers, epidemiologists, and analysts. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Washington State Department of Health