Doctors say the kids’ COVID-19 vaccine is a booster for mental health – CBC

‘Am I going to get sick? Am I going to transmit this to my family members?’ are among kids’ worries

Nov 20, 2021

Diana Grimaldos keeps getting the same questions from her kids.

“Is the virus gone? Has the virus gone away?”

Her seven-year-old daughter, Katalina, has always been an anxious child — but it got much worse during the pandemic.

“She worries,” said Grimaldos, who lives in Toronto.

Katalina’s anxiety was especially high during lockdown. Although seeing her parents get their COVID-19 vaccines helped, along with going back to school in person, “she’s still very fearful,” said her mother.

The meteoric rise in mental health issues among children throughout the pandemic is all too familiar for many parents — backed up by study after study and reflected in the practices of health-care providers across Canada.

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