"Children are hardly impacted at all by the coronavirus," she points out, adding that "lots of children have probably had it and their parents never even knew it."
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies maintain that COVID shots are safe and effective, even for children under the age of five.
"Vaccinating young children is a critical opportunity to protect them against hospitalization and death from COVID-19," says CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH. "Parents, I strongly encourage you to get your children vaccinated."
Brase would not make that stretch.
"There are serious risks from the vaccine," she points out. "Therefore, parents should really be informed more than anything about what those serious risks might be and the fact that there hasn't actually been that much study. We don't even know what the long-term effects are going to be, let alone the short-term effects."
As a result, Brase thinks parents should "really be wanting something more."
"They should need and want more evidence that their child is not going to be harmed before they would ever do this to their child," the nurse insists.
The FDA's emergency use authorization applies to the Moderna COVID-19 shot and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 shot.