As of Dec 31, 2020, more than 2.2 million kids in the United States have been infected, and thousands of them have been hospitalized with COVID-19. At least 180 previously healthy kids have died of COVID. The vaccine is important for the health and safety of children, but also to prevent them from spreading the disease to adults such as parents, grandparents, and teachers. Vaccines are going to be critical to get rid of the pandemic. It’s much safer to get the vaccine than to contract the disease.