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Parents eager to get their young children vaccinated describe an agonizing wait

“We are inside, looking out,” she wrote.

“She has only been to church twice since March 2020, both times wearing a mask. I constantly worry that we have become too lax, but we are the only ones still masking our unvaccinated child in public indoor spaces. I’ve resorted to paying my kids $1 every time they wear a mask in indoor public places. —Kristen Green Wiewora, Searcy, Ark.

“Leave the kids alone. Perfect the vaccine (which usually takes 10 years!!) and then get the kids involved. I think the earliest a child should get this vaccine is in their late teens. —Patricia Verma , Reno, Nevada.

“We’re hardly going anywhere. When my 2.5 year old invited his first friend over to play, he kept touching her to see if she was real. It’s overwhelming, scary, sad, not at all what I expected to be a parent when I got pregnant in 2019.” — Lauren Klinger, St. Petersburg, Florida.

“Imagine Groundhog Day, but full of worry, stress, loneliness, grief. She doesn’t know everything she’s missing, and I’m grateful to her. But I do, and it’s which makes me sad.—Angela Smith, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It’s exhausting and heartbreaking. Every day, I hold back tears as I get her ready for daycare. We haven’t left our home country, seen inside an airport, or been in a room with more than 12 people since February 2020.” — Katie Nelb, McKinney, Texas.

“I’m not sold on the effectiveness and potential side effects.” — Adrian Bryant, Willowbrook, Ill.


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