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Long Island Health Officials Say Herd Immunity Impossible Without At Least Some Children Vaccinated

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While some parents are adamantly against getting their kids vaccinated against COVID-19 – and others are hesitant – many say they are firmly in step with science and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.

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- When it comes to vaccinating children, some parents say no. Others express hesitation.

- But many say they are firmly in step with science. CBS 2's Jennifer McLogan reports from Long Island.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Children represent 23% of our population right now in the US. So herd immunity, say public health officials, can't be achieved without inoculating some of them.

- Very nervous to get the vaccine.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Many parents, like the Morans of Inwood, have questions.

IGNATIO MORAN: I have two teenagers. And they already have a schedule for a vaccine. And I have a little baby.

MARIE CAVANAUGH: We have a child that's medically compromised. So in that way, I would defer to our pediatrician.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: You're leaning against getting them vaccinated?

DAVE TILLEY: Yes. I'm thinking pretty much that their immune systems could fight off anything.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Pfizer and Moderna are testing the vaccine on 12 to 15-year-olds, proving effective, and may soon get emergency use authorization. Dr. Sophia Jan is chief of pediatrics at Cohen Children's Hospital.

SOPHIA JAN: If the data shows that they are safe, then we may have greater availability for those who are 12 and older. The studies are ongoing for children who are six months and above.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Millions of children in the country have been infected, thousands hospitalized. Hundreds have died. And while children on average may not get as sick as adults, they can certainly pass it on to more vulnerable people. If vaccine approval comes this summer for the younger--

SHARON NACHMAN: Well, with more than enough time for us to vaccinate the 12 and olders, recognizing that that's the exact age group that does have parties that turn into super spreader events and that are getting back to our families who are high risk.

- People should follow the guidelines.

- I would do whatever my doctor tells me to do.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Medical experts say saving lives with vaccination outweighs risk of side effects and caution any parent against spreading unscientific vaccine gossip on social media. On Long Island, Jennifer McLogan, CBS 2 News.