COVID-19 vaccination – Video – Families discuss COVID-19 vaccines for children

This video shows culturally and linguistically diverse parents talking with their children about COVID-19 vaccines.

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[Boy]

Mummy, what is COVID-19 ?

[Mother]

COVID-19 is a sickness caused by germs too small for our eyes to see.

[Father]

This means it’s easy to spread without you knowing.

You could catch it just by being very close to a person with COVID-19.

[Boy]

Mum, what happens if I get sick from COVID-19?

[Mother]

Oh well, COVID-19 is a sickness that is different for everyone.

[Father]

It could give you a headache, sore throat, cough or a fever.

This means while you’re sick, you need to stay at home.

[Girl]

Dad, why do I need a needle?

[Father]

You need a needle so you and others can stay strong and healthy. 

The medicine in the needle will help your body to know how to fight off COVID-19

and it will stop you from getting really, really sick.

[Mother]

After you get the needle, you can keep having fun

[Girl]

Where are we going to get it?

[Mother]

We can get it from the doctor, the pharmacy, or even the hospital.

Where would you like to go?

[Boy]

Can we go to the Doctor please?

[Girl]

Mom, can we go to the chemist near the ice cream shop?

[Girl]

Can the nurse do ours please?

[Girl]

Mom, will it hurt?

[Mother]

It will feel like an ant bite for a couple of seconds and then it will be over.

If you’re scared, you can bring a toy or even hold my hand.

[Boy]

Can I go and play after I get it?

[Mother]

After the needle, you might feel tired for the rest of the day.

[Father]

If you feel tired, you should rest.

We can have some indoor play time or even watch a movie.

[Mother]

But if you feel ok, you can play.

[Boy & Girl]

Yay!

[Girl]

How many times do I have to get the needle?

[Mother]

You will need just 2 needles 8 weeks apart.

When you get the 2 needles, it means you have the best chance to fight off COVID-19.

 

Some children who are aged 12 to 15 years are recommended to get additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure what’s right for your child

For more information please visit health.gov.au

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