Last spring, Lindsay Jones faced a tough reality as the mother of sophomore high school student Kennedy: She would have to remove her daughter, who was thriving at Bowling Green High School, from in-person classes. The Kentucky high school closed in light of COVID-19 and pivoted to a remote learning curriculum. Kennedy, who has a disability, navigated disruptions to her social and academic life as best she could, but it wasn’t the same. She was regressing.
In early May, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents age 12 to 15, a huge milestone in the process of resuming in-person classes for students next fall. Some colleges have gone so far as to announce that students will be required to be vaccinated in order to make a return to campus. Despite the fact that it’s recommended by the CDC that anyone 12 or older get vaccinated, some parents are still hesitating to book an appointment for their child.
Hear Jones’ story about why she felt getting Kennedy vaccinated would not only keep her safe, but help her thrive once again: