CORONAVIRUS

Pediatrician behind state’s COVID kid vaccine ad encourages families to book appointments

Nov 5, 2021, 8:38 AM | Updated: 12:18 pm

OGDEN, Utah — Pediatrician Dr. Christina Lau has had a lot of parents come to her with concerns over getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19. She often responds to the questions with encouragement and applauds when families ask for information.

“I tell them it is OK to feel insecure about it. It’s OK to say ‘I need more information about it,’” said Lau, who works with MountainStar Ogden Pediatrics on the hospital campus of Ogden Regional Medical Center.

She encourages parents who are on the fence about getting young ones immunized to start a conversation with their child’s doctor.

“With this pandemic, we see how miscommunication and misinformation has caused damage on multiple communities,” she said. “To me, it is really important to put the facts out there.”

Most recently she participated in the state’s COVID-19 kid vaccine campaign, which hit social media Thursday. She hopes the ad helps those in search of answers. It is something she is passionate about as a health care provider and a mother.

“I would never recommend anything to you that I would not give to my kids,” she said.

Lau’s son was born with a heart condition, so getting family members of all ages immunized was important. It is something she is now able to do after vaccines for children ages 5-11 were given the green light by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.

“I was terrified every day coming back from work to my family. So having the vaccine available for him — it was a relief,” Lau said.

The COVID-19 vaccine campaign can be viewed on coronavirus.utah.gov and will hit television spots on Monday. Appointments are available statewide here.

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Pediatrician behind state’s COVID kid vaccine ad encourages families to book appointments