COVID-19 Task Force Encourages Vaccines for Children

Dear Old South Church in Boston,

We rejoice that the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Alleluia! This is another crucial step toward keeping one another safe from the virus which has turned our lives upside down.

The Blue Ribbon COVID-19 Task Force, which includes parents of young children, fully endorses vaccinating children who are eligible. The vaccine is safe and effective. Vaccination protects our children as well as reduces disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission. With increased vaccination, we are closer to the return of our vibrant intergenerational church life. We encourage you to vaccinate your children as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, reach out to your pediatrician, your school nurse, or a member of our task force.

If you are an adult and have not yet been vaccinated, we implore you to do so. If you are eligible for a booster, we encourage you to take it. We also highly recommend you receive a flu vaccine.

To find a vaccination appointment in the Commonwealth, visit

We thank God for the scientists, doctors, and researchers who have brought us to this point.

Get the shot.

The Blue Ribbon COVID-19 Task Force

Phil Stern, Moderator
Dr. Allen Gifford
Dr. Hillary Mull
Dr. David Duong
Dr. Kyle Nelson
Dr. Lisa Mahnke
David Becker, NP
Bradford Swing
Rich Hassinger
Nancy Kukulan
Steve Holt
Ralph Watson
Rev. Nancy Taylor
Rev. Shawn Fiedler
Rev. Katherine Schofield
Helen McCrady
Jamie Garuti
John Brought