(KTEN) —Children from 6 months through 5 years old are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It's the same vaccine adults and teenagers have had available, just a lower dose.


"The important part is that they have the availability to, because some kids are at a lot more at risk of severe disease than others," said Travis Garrett with Family Pharmacy of Pottsboro.

Younger children can expect some of the same side effects as teenagers and adults have reported.

"The bigger risks that came out as they began to look at teenagers with heart inflammation," Garrett said. "They just started looking at those; they feel that even  though risks are still there, the benefit of protecting kids from COVID is enough to approve it."

But some Texoma parents with young children are reluctant to get them vaccinated

"The FDA approves cigarettes and alcohol and not vitamins, so, I really don't agree with what the FDA has to say," said Desirae Mark.

But Andrea Ferguson believes it's a good idea to protect her children against a potentially devastating disease.

"I mean, they take their immunizations — so they don't know what they have in that either, but they take them — and so whatever can protect us from dying," she said.

While some parents are questioning whether or not to let their kids get the vaccine, Garrett says it's best to check in with your doctor before making a final decision.

"Look at the risk factors your children may have and see if it's best for them," he said. "If the risks do outweigh the benefits, or if it's better for them to go ahead and get it to be protected."